“If you and your family are planning to celebrate Halloween this year … aim to keep the celebrations outside, provide sealed packages for the treats, and instead of common lollipop bowls, consider other ways to distribute your treats,” advised Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health on Saturday. .
“For example, along the front fence of the house or hidden in the front yard. “
Dr McAnulty suggests families make an effort to decorate front yards and stay in the neighborhood rather than travel further afield.
Children should not share costume masks and their parents should check for symptoms before leaving, he says.
The state reported 332 new cases on Saturday, as well as two deaths.
Cases continue to rise in the Hunter New England area, which until Friday evening had the highest number of new infections of any health district with 78.
The number of state hospitals continues to decline steadily, from 482 to 469 on Saturday.
Some 123 NSW residents were in intensive care at the start of the weekend, the vast majority of whom – 96 – were unvaccinated. Eighteen people had received an injection and nine both.
As children in most age groups prepare to return to school on Monday, vaccination rates in the 12 to 15 age group are increasing.
Some 77.59% have received a dose and 48.83% are fully immunized.
Among people aged 16 and over, 93% received at least one jab and 84.4% both.
Dr McAnulty says that since restrictions eased in recent weeks, there has likely been transmission in high-risk indoor locations, such as bars and gyms.
He says it’s a reminder to continue to adhere to Covid safe practices, even for people who are fully vaccinated.