As of 5.00 pm Tuesday 24 March 2020
There have been a further nine cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to ten. The new cases of COVID-19 located in Albury, Griffith, Federation, Cootamundra-Gundagai and Wagga Wagga LGAs were confirmed yesterday afternoon. All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case. All patients have experienced mild to moderate symptoms and 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.
The MLHD Public Health Unit interviews the person to determine their movements while they were infectious. Where individuals are identified as close contacts, the Public Health Unit directs these contacts to self-isolate for 14 days after they were last in contact with the case.
Practicing hand hygiene and social distancing remain the most effective ways to reduce transmission of the virus.
MLHD recommends community members to follow NSW Health advice around social distancing and self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus. 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, is critical to slowing the spread and impact of COVID-19.
Follow the advice given by NSW Health authorities and stay up to date with what’s going on the website at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases
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 (7.00am – 11.00 pm)
TIPS to reduce potential for virus transmission
avoiding crowds and mass gatherings
avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces
keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people
avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
avoiding 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
Media release: MLHD