There have been a further seven cases of Covid-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) as of 8am this morning, taking the total number of positive Covid-19 results to 20.
None of those positive Covid-19 cases are in the Snowy Valleys local government area.
Six are in Albury, four in Wagga, four in Federation LGA, three in Griffith, two in Greater Hume and one in the Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA.
All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.
Patients who have experienced mild to moderate symptoms are in self-isolation to ensure they do not transmit the virus. They are being managed at home with the support of their GP and a daily check up with local health services. Those who are more unwell may be admitted to an appropriate local hospital.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat and dry cough. Symptoms will generally appear 3-4 days after exposure to the virus but can be up to 14 days later.
Members of the public are advised to minimise travel, increase personal awareness around hand hygiene and practice social distancing.
Anyone who believes they have may have contracted the COVID-19 virus (ie: who are returned travellers, or who have come in contact with a confirmed case and are showing symptoms: fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath) are advised in the first instance to:
• Call the free-call coronavirus hotline 1800 022 222 and receive advise on the
best course of action depending on your symptoms and risks. Medical staff will
direct people to the nearest hospital or respiratory clinic, or advise them to stay
home and self-monitor, or contact their GP, or
• Contact your GP to arrange an appointment (let GP practice know in advance if
you have symptoms) or
• Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 for assessment (7.00
am – 11.00 pm)
TIPS to reduce potential for virus transmission
Wash your hands regularly
Stay home as much as possible
Stop shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly
Avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals.
MLHD and MPHN encourage members of the public who need information to visit the NSW Health website at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx