There have been no further cases of Covid-19 identified within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District since April 16 (when an Albury resident had returned from overseas and was isolating in a Sydney hotel), with the total number of confirmed cases still sitting at 45.
In the Snowy Valleys LGA, a total of 197 people have been tested to date, with 33 tested in Tumbarumba and 164 tested in Tumut, according to the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
Of the 45 total cases confirmed across the MLHD, 39 patients have recovered, leaving five active cases across the region. One patient previously passed away in Federation.
The active cases remaining are in Albury (3), Berrigan (1) and Wagga Wagga (1).
No patients are currently hospitalised. There are no active cases in the Snowy Valleys.
The number of cases identified across the state are also decreasing, with only one new Covid-19 infection detected in NSW on Sunday despite over 5,500 tests.
Over 4,300 people have now been tested across the region, and the MLHD has furthered their call for more people to be tested; even those with the mildest symptoms (fever, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose).
A national “heat map” has been created, pinpointing Covid-19 cases by postcode, also showing how many people have recovered from the virus.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the map will help New South Wales residents stay informed about the progress of the virus and real-time recovery rates.
“NSW has one of the highest Covid-19 testing rates in the world. We have tested more than 200,000 people and have capacity to test more than 110,000 in a fortnight,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This new way of showing NSW Health data will help communities understand the numbers of people being tested, and encourage more people with symptoms to come forward for testing when they see the impact Covid-19 is having on their local area.
“It also provides encouraging data showing how people are bouncing back from the virus.”
Minister for Customer Service Vince Dominello said the maps will help create “transparency” between the community and health authorities.
“Providing these heat maps to the public makes NSW a leader in the delivery of live information about Covid-19,” Mr Dominello said.
“At this point in time, it shows the community is rising to the challenge and doing the right thing by our State.”
The data also reveals a dramatic difference in how the virus is impacting urban and rural areas. For example, in Liverpool, there had been less than 1000 tests a month ago (still a significant number when compared to less than 200 to-date in the Snowy Valleys), and recently that number jumped to 2600.
In rural areas and semi-rural, like the Snowy Valleys and the city of Orange, the numbers are much lower. In Orange, the number of confirmed cases sits at 10, where NSW Health has tested more than 1000 in that region.
The heat map can be accessed at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/find-facts-about-covid-19.
Anyone who believes they may have Covid-19 can call the Murrumbidgee Covid-19 hotline on 1800 831 099 for a confidential, over the phone assessment. It is open everyday from 7am to 9pm.