THERE remain no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Mid North Coast as of 8pm, April 7.
The number of confirmed cases on the Mid North Coast remain at 51, and at 29 for the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area.
The NSW Police Force investigation is underway to examine the circumstances surrounding the docking and disembarking of the Ruby Princess last month.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller announced the commencement of a criminal investigation into the communications, actions, and other circumstances that led to the docking and disembarking of the vessel at Sydney Harbour on Thursday 19 March 2020.
A team of 30 detectives from across State Crime, Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics and Marine Area Commands have been seconded to Strike Force Bast, who will be assisted by intelligence analysts and other specialist officers.
The first investigations briefing was conducted this morning (April 8).
A further 2,945 people in NSW were tested for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm, April 7.
Of the 121 symptomatic travellers quarantined in 15 hotels, 36 (30 per cent) have tested positive to COVID-19.
Current cruise ship voyages into Sydney linked to confirmed COVID-19 cases include: the Ovation of the Seas which docked 18 March (96 passengers), the Voyager of the Seas which docked 18 March (39 passengers and 6 crew members), the Celebrity Solstice which docked 19 March (14 passengers) and the Ruby Princess which docked 19 March (361 passengers plus 18 crew members).
There have been six deaths in NSW associated with the Ruby Princess.
Statistics on the NSW Health website as of 8pm on April 6 shows that:
- 29 of the 51 cases on the Mid North Coast are in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area.
- Five cases in Port Macquarie-Hastings are confirmed to have an "unknown source of infection". Public health investigations and case interviews are ongoing in these cases.
- The 51 confirmed cases from 2956 tests conducted (up until 8pm, April 7) represents a 1.73 per cent positive test rate to date for the Mid Coast Health District.
- Most of the confirmed cases are people who have recently returned from overseas.
- To the south, there are 254 confirmed cases in the Hunter-New England Health District from 12,773 tests.
- Across NSW, 2734 people have contracted the virus (up until 8pm, April 7). There have been a total of 21 deaths across the state.
- There are 227 COVID-19 cases being treated in NSW including 36 cases in Intensive Care Units, and 22 of these require ventilators.
- Nationwide, 5908 people have contracted COVID-19 and there have been 45 deaths.
NSW Health authorities have named Port Macquarie as one of 13 locations for increased testing.
Between 10-19 cases are people who reside in Port Macquarie; in Lake Cathie-Bonny Hills (1-9); in Laurieton (1-9) and Wauchope (1-9).
The first case reported in Port Macquarie on March 19, a 14-year-old student from St Columba Anglican School, has made a full recovery.
Members of the community can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home where possible, washing their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, covering coughs and sneezes, maintaining social distance and observing rules on social gathering.
COVID-19 TESTING CLINIC OPEN
The District has opened a COVID-19 assessment clinic at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Clinics also opened in Coffs Harbour and Kempsey. Call 1300 001 956 for details.
"These clinics are for those most at risk with respiratory symptoms or fever, those returning from overseas or in contact with a COVID-19 case, and local health workers," Mr Dowrick said.
"People without symptoms do not need to be tested.
"The District is asking everyone in Mid North Coast to play a part in containing the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, maintain social distance and staying home if you're unwell."
The Port Macquarie clinic is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays. Patients are asked to present to the emergency department where they will be assessed and directed to the clinic as required.
For further health advice, visit the NSW Health website.
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