No further cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) as of Wednesday. The total number of cases identified within the District since the onset of the pandemic remains at 50.
Of these 50 cases, six remain active. Two cases are returning overseas travellers who are in hotel quarantine in Sydney. Despite not currently being in the region, because their addresses are in the Junee Shire LGA and Snowy Valleys LGA respectively, they are counted towards the MLHD’s statistics.
Three of the active cases are located in Albury. The trio are from the same household, with one person contracting the virus at a Melbourne hotspot earlier this month.
One case remains active in the Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA.
Over 33,000 Covid tests have been conducted in the region, including 910 in the 24 hours prior to Wednesday morning.
The MLHD has once again renewed their call for people to come forward for testing, even if they have very minor symptoms.
“For people who’ve been travelling in Victoria or have been to one of those hotspot zones in Sydney, you don’t need to have symptoms to come forward for testing, we will test you anyway,” Ms Ludford said last week.
Director of Medical Services at the MLHD, Dr Len Bruce, has thanked the community for an “excellent job” in terms of following social distancing rules, as it is “reflected in the small number of cases we’ve had” in NSW.
“We are concerned that there are certain hotspots developing, but because of our excellent public health response, contact tracing and the ability to isolate infectious individuals or their close contacts, all stand us in good stead,” Dr Bruce said.
“Until we find a reliable vaccine or a treatment, a lot of these restrictions on our daily lives will remain because Covid has not gone away, and we unfortunately have seen in Victoria how quickly an outbreak can start and spread, so it really really is important that we retain our vigilance.”
Acting Commander of the Riverina Police District, Detective Inspector Adrian Telfer, said that the police force has been relying “heavily upon the public” in terms of monitoring compliance of the Covid-19 Public Health Order and regulations.
“In many senses [we are] as good as the information that we get,” he said.
“Here in the Riverina … we do have a number of phone calls coming in each day about potential breaches, whether it be at shopping complexes, licensed venues or people failing to self isolate, and we act on that information.”
Anyone with even the mildest symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath is encouraged to come forward for testing. Testing is free. Call the Murrumbidgee Covid-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 to arrange a test.