False alarm for suspected MLHD Covid case

As of Monday, there has been no further cases of Covid-19 identified within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD), with the number of cases in the region since the pandemic began remaining at 56.

Over 63,000 Covid tests have now been conducted in the Murrumbidgee region, an increase of 232 in the 24-hours prior.

Last Thursday, NSW Health reported that there was a locally acquired case of Covid-19 under investigation in the MLHD. The resident tested negative on a repeat swab and further serology was examined.

On Friday, serology returned a negative result and the MLHD reported that an expert panel determined the resident to be negative for the virus.

Seven cases remain marked as active; three people in Albury, one in Carrathool, one in Cootamundra-Gundagai, one in Junee and one in Temora.

The health district previously confirmed that five of these seven active cases are no longer infectious, however cannot be marked as recovered until their symptoms return to baseline.

“While the usual recovery time is around two weeks, this is not always the case,” the MLHD said in a statement. 

“Patients who have completed their self-isolation undergo interviews with [the] Public Health Unit every three weeks to check on their symptoms to determine their recovery status. Once the case has recovered, this will be reflected in the reporting.”

On Sunday, September 27, the MLHD’s Mobile Testing Van will visit Brungle and Adelong.

It will visit Brungle Community Hall from 9am to 11am, and the Adelong Community Health Centre from 1pm to 3pm.

Anyone who is feeling unwell is encouraged to present for testing. Those who are tested will need to remain in self-isolation until they receive the results of their test, which usually takes around 30 hours and can be received via text message.

The MLHD encourages people to arrange for a test at the onset of symptoms, rather than wait for the Mobile Testing Van to visit. Tests can be arranged by calling the MLHD Covid-19 hotline on 1800 831 099, or the GP-led Respiratory Clinic located at the Railway Precinct in Tumut on 6947 2211.