New South Wales has recorded 882 new COVID-19 cases overnight.

Two people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours – a man in 60s and a man in 90s – both had underlying health conditions.

143, 000 people were vaccinated across the state in the last 24 hours and 118, 000 tests were taken.

There were 2 new cases in the Hunter – one in the Cessnock LGA (Kurri Kurri) who was infectious in the community, and one in the Port Stephens LGA (Tomago).

“Unfortunately the woman who tested positive in the Kurri Kurri area was in the community while infectious. The source of her infection is not yet established, and we’re doing a lot to try to understand where this might have been.

But we are worried that people who may have been in the Kurri Kurri and Maitland areas, may have been exposed to the virus.” – Dr David Durrheim, public health physician.

The positive case who lives in the Port Stephens area (Tomago) was infected at RPA Hospital in Sydney, where he remains. Hunter New England Health says there’s no risk to the community.

There’s currently 668 close contacts in the Hunter New England Health District.

NSW health is calling on people in Tamworth with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms to get tested, after traces of the virus have been detected in sewage.

Meanwhile, students across the state will return to schooling from October 25, while HSC exams have been pushed back to November 9.

Mask wearing will be mandatory for all staff and high students, and mask wearing will be recommended for primary school students.