Suspected Covid case in Wagga under investigation

A suspected positive case of Covid-19 in Wagga Wagga is currently under investigation, Murrumbidgee Local Health reported today.

Further testing is underway after an essential worker returned an inconclusive result during regular screening tests for Covid-19

Murrumbidgee Health said the person is asymptomatic and is an essential worker who undergoes regular routine testing. The person is isolating in accommodation in Wagga Wagga, along with their close contacts, while further testing is completed.

All close contacts have been identified. There are no other venues of concern at this stage.

All persons in isolation accommodation are being supported by Murrumbidgee Local Health District and the Local Emergency Management Committee to ensure their needs are met.

The person and their contacts have worked in the Grong Grong, Coolamon and Narrandera area.

People in the Grong Grong, Coolamon and Narrandera areas, or who have travelled to these areas in the past week, are asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested as soon as symptoms occur, and isolate until a negative result is received.

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.

It came on a day NSW recorded 1431 cases of community transmission and 12 people lost their lives.

Meanwhile, follow up sewage testing at Temora earlier this week detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19.

No other locations in MLHD have had positive sewage samples this week.

Sewage testing has been carried out this week in Albury, Cootamundra, Corowa, Deniliquin, Griffith, Gundagai, Junee, Leeton, Moama, Mulwala, Narrandera, Tumut, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong and Young.

The detection in Temora is a concern as there are no known cases in this area. Everyone in Temora, or who has recently travelled to Temora, is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.