Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) confirms the first case of COVID-19 in the
Murrumbidgee, in the Border region.

One positive result has been returned from 538 people tested for COVID-19 in MLHD.
NSW Health has advised that a 41 year old male who recently returned home from a trip abroad
has tested positive. The patient has been interviewed to identify his travel paths and potential
contacts and anyone who has been in contact with this patient will be notified.
The patient is in self isolation and has taken measures to ensure he does not transmit the virus.
MLHD appeals to members of the public to practice hand hygiene and social distancing as these
remain the most effective ways to reduce transmission 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.

MLHD Advises:
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 transmission of the virus:
• 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

Media release MLHD

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