As of Monday, there have been no positive results for COVID-19 among patients who have been tested in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) says their hospitals and staff are well equipped to deal with infectious illness, including COVID-19.
Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and specialised treatment and isolation areas are available in the event that they need to care for patients with COVID-19.
“While there is concern in the community, the fact is our hospitals and staff are ready to deal with anyone who may present to our emergency department with any infectious illness,” Dr Len Bruce, Executive Director Medical Services, Murrumbidgee Local Health District said on Friday.
“Spreading misinformation about COVID-19 is dangerous and only the facts should be told.”
Dr Bruce said local General Practitioners and local hospital emergency departments will continue to screen those patients who meet criteria related to symptoms and potential exposure to the virus.
“People with acute, cold, flu-like symptoms who are returned overseas travellers, or a contact of a confirmed case, are advised to be tested for COVID-19,” he said.
“NSW Health has developed diagnostic tests through our Public Health laboratories to rapidly diagnose cases.”
People concerned they may have COVID-19 should call HealthDirect on 1800 022 222 where a nurse will triage them over the phone and advise your next steps, or contact your GP to arrange an appointment and let them know in advance if you have symptoms.
GPs have a critical role in managing patients with mild to moderate symptoms, Mr Bruce said.
Patients with more severe symptoms are referred to hospital emergency departments for care and assessment.
“Unless you are critically unwell, avoid attending the emergency department without calling first,” Mr Bruce added.
MLHD want to reassure the public that they have plans in place for the treatment and care of any patients who may test positive to the virus and need to be admitted to hospital.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District hospitals have additional Personal Protective Equipment for the protection of staff.
The disease is evolving rapidly. Dr Bruce encourages members of the public who need information to visit the NSW Health website, where up to date and multilingual resources are available: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases