The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Mid North Coast has risen to 51.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Mid North Coast has risen to 51.

COVID-19 cases rise on Mid North Coast as police crack down

April 6: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Mid North Coast has risen to 51.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District has confirmed the number of cases as of 8pm yesterday (April 5).

A total of 2875 tests have been conducted with 1.77 per cent proving positive

The number of cases confirmed in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area has climbed to 13.  There are 29 confirmed cases in the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA.  

Other LGAs in the district including Bellingen and Nambucca are still listed as having '1-4 cases'.

Over the weekend the Mid North Coast Local Health District confirmed the death of a 91-year-old Port Macquarie man from complications related to COVID-19.

Stewart Dowrick, Chief Executive of the health district says the man had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 before being admitted to Port Macquarie Base Hospital where he passed away on Saturday.

Broken down into postcode figures, for the Mid North Coast the definite hotspot for the area is the 2444, which includes the areas around and including Port Macquarie.

Vicki Cheney testing patients at Bellingen's Community drive-in Covid-19 test clinic.
Vicki Cheney testing patients at Bellingen's Community drive-in Covid-19 test clinic. Matt Deans

Police have issued several COVID-19 related Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) in recent days including one in Grafton.

On Sunday March 22 a 65-year-old woman returned to Sydney on a flight from Indonesia and was given a direction to self-isolate at home. About 3pm last Tuesday (April 1) officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District received information the woman had entered a shopping centre at Grafton.

Two hours later, at about 5pm, police located the woman in her car. She told officers she had been to seven separate retail stores that day, including the supermarket. The woman was directed to return home immediately and was issued with a $1000 PIN.

EARLIER: The Mid North Coast Local Health District has announced that as of 8pm Wednesday (April 1) there were three new confirmed cases bringing the district's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 44.

The number of confirmed cases in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area now stands at 10.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA has 27 cases listed. Other LGAs in the district including Bellingen and Nambucca are still listed as both having 1-4 cases.

The North Coast Public Health Unit is reaching out to the close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days. They will be contacted daily to check they are well. Should any of these close contacts develop COVID-19 symptoms they will be tested.

The following table provides details of the likely source of infection

  • Overseas acquired - 36
  • Contact of a confirmed case or a known cluster  - 2
  • Contact not identified  - 0
  • Under investigation - 6
  • Total                          44

TALLY REACHES 41: THERE have been four new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on the Mid North Coast.

It takes the official tally to 41.  As at 8pm on Tuesday (March 31) there were four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

Figures for individual Local Government Areas show Coffs Harbour currently with 8 cases compared to Port Macquarie-Hastings with 26.

Other LGAs in the district including Bellingen and Nambucca are listed as both as having 1-4 cases.

The North Coast Public Health Unit is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

They will be contacted daily to check they are well. Should any of these close contacts develop COVID-19 symptoms they will be tested.

The likely source of the cases is as follows:

Overseas acquired 34

Contact of a confirmed case or a known cluster 2

Contact not identified 0

Under investigation 5

Total 41

Of the 41 Mid North Coast Local Health District cases, five are being cared for in hospital (including two in ICU), four have completed their isolation and recovered, and 32 are in home isolation.

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.

Doctors Olivia and Derek Bell with David Cheney at the Bellingen Community Covid-19 clinic where patients drive in for testing.
Doctors Olivia and Derek Bell with David Cheney at the Bellingen Community Covid-19 clinic where patients drive in for testing. Matt Deans