Three-year-old tests positive for COVID-19 in Hunter New England
The Hunter New England Local Health District has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in a child under 10-years-old, with a three-year-old child testing positive. The child was already in home isolation as a close contact of an adult diagnosed with COVID-19 and is presently displaying mild symptoms. To date, no children or young people aged between 0 and 18 years in Hunter New England have required hospitalisation for COVID-19. In a statement, HNE Health said the child’s diagnosis is a timely reminder young people are susceptible to the virus. "While their symptoms are generally mild, it is still important to ensure children abide by social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable people within their own families, and the wider community. In the Tamworth LGA, the figures have remained stable with only 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus. As at 8pm on Tuesday, HNE Health’s COVID-19 cases increased to 254 following the addition of six new cases. Across the district, an additional 12 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases recovered to 129 so far. One resident from the Hunter New England District has died from the COVID-19 virus.