Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Tamworth’s local government area in the NSW New England region has recorded its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases ever as the state moves on to the next phase of easing restrictions.

Ten new cases were discovered in Tamworth in the most recent reporting period along with two in Gunnedah Shire that arose from home bookings at midnight.

A total of 40 people in the Tamworth LGA have now caught the virus in this recent outbreak.

Dr. David Durrheim of Hunter New England Health said many of the cases had been detected in vulnerable populations.

The health district said it had increased the number of bookings available for the Pfizer vaccine at the Tamworth Hospital clinic in response to the increase in the number of cases.

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Dr. David Durrheim, of Hunter New England Health, says many of the new cases have been Aboriginal.(

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Less than 60 percent of the adult population in the Tamworth LGA has received two doses of a vaccine, compared to the nationwide average of about 74 percent.

“It’s really important that Aborigines, non-natives, all line up to be stung,” said Dr. Durrheim.

“We do not want anyone to miss it.”

Hillvue Public School, Tamworth South Public School and Tamworth High School remain closed to deep cleaning after members of this school community tested positive.

New vaccine passport

Tamworth is one of four regional cities participating in an NSW government trial integrating digital vaccination certificates with the Service NSW app.

Wests Entertainment Group will participate in the lawsuit at four of its venues in the city.

But CEO Rod Laing said he expected foot traffic to remain quiet given the magnitude of the outbreak and the declining vaccination rate.

“At first I think we will be quiet, there is also a lot of confusion out there,” Mr Laing said.

But Dr. Durrheim said the biggest risk of catching COVID was in household and workplaces and close contact in social groups.

“Many of these trivial exposures have actually not resulted in any transmission,” he said.

Dr. Durrheim said anyone with symptoms should assume they had COVID-19 and get a test.

“There is no flu, the winter horn viruses are gone, so if we get it [any respiratory symptoms] it’s probably COVID, “he said.

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