NSW Covid hotspot free, says Premier

No further cases of Covid-19 have been reported within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) as of Thursday, with the total number of cases since the pandemic began remaining at 56.

A total of 61,866 tests have now been conducted, and the MLHD’s Mobile Testing Van again visited Adelong yesterday (Thursday).

“We can all play a part in slowing the spread of the virus by reducing contact between people unless absolutely necessary, especially those in our population who may be more vulnerable or susceptible to the illness because of age or weakened immunity,” the MLHD reminded.

“MLHD reminds people to follow the rules around gatherings, maintain physical distance when they are out and about, and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.”

Seven cases remain active in the MLHD, including three in Albury, one in the Carathool Shire, one in Cootamundra-Gundagai, one in Junee and one in Temora. The MLHD previously confirmed that five of these cases are not infectious, but cannot be marked as recovered until baseline health is achieved.

On Wednesday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared New South Wales to be Covid-19 hotspot free after just ten cases were recorded in the state in the 24 hours prior.

“Hopefully in the last months we’ve demonstrated our ability to get on top of any outbreaks and more importantly our community’s capacity to come forward and get tested,” she said.

“I’d be arguing there’s no reason to even keep the [Queensland] border closed today.”

On Thursday, Victoria recorded just 28 new cases of Covid-19 – the first time case numbers have been in the 20s in the state since June 24.

“That is a fantastic outcome and a tribute to the hard work, sacrifice and contribution every single Victorian is making and I want to say thank you and how proud I am and all of us are of the job being done in households, communities, suburbs right across Melbourne and regional Victoria,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“This strategy is working, these numbers of falling and this is exactly what we have to do, stay the course, get these numbers low that is what will keep them low.”

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.

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.