Coronavirus: Hunter New England Health reveals LGAs where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19

Dr David Durrheim
Dr David Durrheim

Hunter New England Health has responded to pleas from the public to know the local government areas where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

In a video update on its Facebook page on Thursday, public health physician Dr David Durrheim broke down the number of confirmed cases within the HNEH area by LGA.

He said there are five confirmed cases in Port Stephens.

"People have indicated they are curious about where the cases are occurring in Hunter New England," he said.

"I have said they are scattered everywhere, and today you will see on the map that this is the case."

The map shows there have been 19 confirmed cases in the Newcastle local government area, five in Port Stephens, 24 in Lake Macquarie and six in Maitland.

There have also been cases 19 cases in the Lower Mid North Coast, 15 in the Hunter Valley, and 12 in the New England regions. As of Wednesday, March 25, there are 103 cases of COVID-19 confirmed within the HNEH area.

"COVID 19 is close to all of us. Now is the time for all of us to do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus," Dr Durrheim said.

The confirmed cases were all in home isolation - doing the "right thing".

"We urge all their close contacts to remain isolated as well, and anyone who develops fever, illness or a respiratory illness, please stay home," Dr Durrheim said.

"Remember to stand back and remember to keep washing your hands copiously through the course of the day."