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COVID-19 cases numbers in local government areas to be released

After a push from communities and politicians, NSW Health will now provide confirmed COVID-19 case numbers for each local government area.

This means the statistics for Tamworth, and Gunnedah will be released, rather than just the broader figures from the Hunter New England Health District.

The updates on local cases are expected to start today and will be released in an interactive map.

Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said late Wednesday he was informed by the NSW Police of two more confirmed coronavirus cases.

"This takes the total number of cases in the Northern Tablelands to four – with the other two in Inverell," he said.

"The two new cases are an elderly couple from the Glen Innes Severn local government area, near Emmaville, who recently returned from a voyage on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

"The couple has been isolated since their return to the district, pending their test result, which came back yesterday. NSW Police have been in contact with the couple."

Mr Marshall publically called out Hunter New England Health for keeping the public in the dark about confirmed coronavirus cases and their locations.

"I asked Health Minister Brad Hazard to intervene and last night I received some very positive news for our region and everyone else across the State from the NSW Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kerry Chant," he said.

"From today, NSW Health will publish on its public website a map of the state with every single local government area marked and the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in each.

"This will be updated every day to ensure all of us has one source of trusted, accurate and detailed information from which to refer. This essentially bypasses the obstinate Hunter New England Health, ensuring we have one central source of data."

Mr Marshall thanked the community for strongly backing this push to have better information provided to the community.

"Now everyone will know the facts and there will be no need to rely on social media rumour mills to know when and where cases are confirmed," he concluded."


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