From today, the MLHD COVID-19 Hotline is open seven days a week, from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm. The number to call for assessment is 1800 831 099.

For serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) for urgent medical help. The national COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 0780 remains open for anyone seeking information on coronavirus. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency Departments continue to provide emergency care across the District.
People requiring non-emergency care should continue to contact their local General Practitioner. Health Direct is available for free health advice on 1800 022 22 or visit www.healthdirect.gov.au NSW Health recently broadened the testing criteria for COVID-19 and MLHD has expanded further to include any person with symptoms of respiratory illness, regardless of travel or contact history. This will provide for a better understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities as well as early identification of any cases to prevent further transmission. COVID-19 Testing Clinics are currently located in Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Tumut, and Wagga Wagga. Appointments are essential by calling 1800 831 099.

REMEMBER:
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.

DO YOU NEED TO BE SCREENED?
Anyone who believes they have may have contracted the COVID-19 virus (ie: who have come in contact with a confirmed case or 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 – 9.00 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

Media Release: Murrumbidgee Local Health District Chief Executive Jill Ludford: