Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in the NSW Mid North Coast town of Forster.
Key points:

  • A women who tested positive to COVID-19 is isolating at home in Forster-Tuncurry
  • MP Stephen Bromhead said there has been no community transmission
  • He said the woman is believed to have contracted the virus in Newcastle

Mr Bromhead believes the woman acquired the coronavirus in Newcastle.
“The young lady has travelled from Newcastle to Forster-Tuncurry and is isolating at home,” Mr Bromhead said.
“Her tests were negative initially [but] a positive result came through late yesterday.
“There is no evidence thus far of community transmission.”
Mr Bromhead said the woman has been isolating from family but the case is very concerning.
“It’s something that we hoped wouldn’t happen,” Mr Bromhead said.
“Thus far, even with this case, I don’t think it would be enough to have a lockdown here, but NSW Health will be monitoring it and it’s a concern for everybody.”
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Mr Bromhead released the information via social media before a public release of information from the Hunter New England Health District and NSW Health.
He said he wanted to be on the front foot for the community.
“I wanted to bring it out in the public as soon as possible, to stop the rumours, so people understand what the situation is,” the MP said.
Mr Bromhead said he hopes the case highlights the need for people to consider any travel carefully and take precautions.
“So if we all do the right thing, if we all get vaccinated, if we all wear a mask and get tested at the slightest symptons, wash our hands, all those things, then it shouldn’t get from LGA to LGA,” he said.
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