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Unlinked mystery cases crop up in Tamworth

NSW Health has reported 9 new COVID-19 cases for the New England region, 8 in Tamworth and 1 in Gunnedah.


Dr David Durrheim, Public Health Controller, HNE Health COVID-19 response said 2 of the 8 new COVID-19 cases reported for Tamworth today stem from an unknown source.


"Some are linked with the family cluster, also linked to the Gunnedah workplace, but unfortunately there are two cases where the source is unknown," Dr David Durrheim said.


Three of the new cases in the Tamworth area are in West Tamworth while the other five are in Tamworth.


Positive COVID-19 detection has shown in sewage results at Quirindi as well as Wee Waa sewerage plants.


The total number of active COVID-19 cases for the New England region is 31.


19 for Tamworth, 11 for Gunnedah Shire, and 1 for the Liverpool Plains Shire.


NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has called upon residents in Tamworth with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested for the virus.

Increased testing

Coledale

· Granny Munro Park – Stage/shelter located near Coledale Community Centre

· Friday 8 October from 12pm to 2pm

· Walk-in clinic

· No appointment required

Gunnedah

· A pop-up testing clinic in Gunnedah will be available this weekend

· Saturday 9 October and Sunday 10 October from 9am to 11am

· Rural Health Centre Car Park (Marquis Street, Gunnedah)

· Bookings via 6741 8000

Tamworth

· On Saturday 9 October and Saturday 16 October, the Tamworth Hospital testing clinic will open from 9am to 1pm

· HACC and Disabilities Building in Tamworth Hospital

· Bookings preferred via 1800 881 568, however drive-ins will also be accepted.