HNE COVID-19 cases hit 30, no alert for Tamworth
As of Sunday morning, 30 people in the Hunter New England Health District had been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The majority of the infections in most cases have been due to overseas travel.
On Saturday, HNE had announced eight people who displayed symptoms and has tested positive for the virus. These included:
A woman in her 20s and a woman in her 50s are in home isolation; both are close contacts of a previously announced case
A man in his 60s is in home isolation after travelling on the Ruby Princess
A woman in her 60s is receiving care at John Hunter Hospital after being in contact with a confirmed case in Sydney
A man in his 20s is in home isolation; he is a close contact of a confirmed case
A woman in her 70s is in home isolation after returning from Vietnam and Cambodia
A woman in her late teens is in home isolation after returning from Europe
A woman in her 70s is receiving care in Westmead hospital after travelling on the Ruby Princess.
Public health physician Kathryn Taylor called on younger generations to follow advice about social distancing to protect their older loved ones.
"I understand our way of life is changing, the little things we used to do without thinking aren't possible anymore, but as a public health doctor and young mum I can tell you this virus does not care about disrupting our way of life,' she said.
"In fact, we fuel the virus by maintaining our normal social activities."
Dr Taylor said this virus does kill people and pleaded with the community to social distancing.
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