Hunter New England Health has released figures for the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in each local government area of the Local Health District.
As at 8pm Thursday (March 26) there were a total of 142 confirmed cases in the district, including 14 in the Cessnock local government area.
An additional 18 cases had been diagnosed in the Hunter New England Health district since Wednesday, with five patients being cared for in hospital, including two in intensive care.
Daily wellness checks continue to be undertaken with all other confirmed cases in the District.
Hunter New England Health is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact. They will be contacted every day to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.
More information on cases and testing is available on the NSW Health website.