The Snowy Valleys Shire area has recorded its first positive Covid-19 case, as the number of cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) rose by five to a total of 31.
The majority of the cases notified in the region 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.
There are currently three cases who are more unwell and have been admitted to an appropriate local hospital.
Across the region, Albury, Wagga City and Federation Council areas all have six cases each.
Murrumbidgee (3) Griffith (3), Greater Hume (2), Hay (2), Cootamundra-Gundagai (1), Snowy Valleys (1) and Berrigan Shire (1) have all recorded cases.
More Clinics Open
Today Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) opened three additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing clinics in Cootamundra, Deniliquin and Tumut. This is in addition to the clinics already established in Wagga and Griffith and brings the total number of clinics in the district to five.
The District anticipates increased demand for COVID-19 testing due to changes in the testing criteria, and the three additional clinics will provide additional capacity.
In addition, due to the current travel restrictions, the District seeks to minimise the distances that the community need to travel to access testing.
Only people who have an appointment should attend the clinic.
In the first instance, people who are concerned and would like to speak to someone about their symptoms are advised to call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.
A nurse will provide advice about the best course of action depending on your symptoms and risks and this may include a referral to attend a testing clinic.
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)