As of 8am on 30 March 2020
There have been a further five cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local
Health District (MLHD) taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 31.
COVID-19 in MLHD by Local Government Areas (LGA)
Albury City 6
Berrigan Shire 1
Greater Hume 2
Griffith City 3
Hay Shire 2
Murrumbidgee Council 3
Snow Valleys Shire 1
Wagga Wagga City 6
The majority of the 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. There are currently three cases who are more unwell and have been admitted to an appropriate local hospital.
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.
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
The NSW Government announced a $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak last week.
NSW Health will receive $700 million to assist in doubling ICU capacity, preparing for additional COVID-19 testing, purchasing additional ventilators and medical equipment, establishing acute respiratory clinics and bringing forward elective surgeries to private hospitals.
Media release: MLHD