There have been no positive results for COVID-19 among patients who have been tested in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
We can all play a part in slowing the spread of the virus by reducing contact between people unless absolutely necessary. MLHD and MPHN urges members of the public to minimise travel, increase personal awareness around hand hygiene and practice social distancing. You can help reduce potential for transmission of the virus by
• 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.
Dr Len Bruce, Executive Director of Medical Services, encourages all members of the community to wash their hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly (for 20
seconds) and stay away from crowds, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and stay home in self isolation if sick. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat, dry cough, and runny nose. Symptoms will generally appear 3-4 days after exposure to the virus bit can be up to 14 days later.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) have plans in place for COVID-19 testing and are prepared to respond to
Coronavirus. Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) hospitals and staff are well equipped to deal with infectious illness, including COVID-19. Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and specialised treatment and isolation areas are available in the event that we need to care for patients with COVID-19.
NSW Health is recommending people with acute, cold, flu-like symptoms who are returned travellers, or a contact of a confirmed case, be tested for COVID-19.
Samples for testing can be taken directly by GPs, or at Wagga Wagga and Griffith Base Hospital screening clincs. People who are concerned are advised to:
call HealthDirect 1800 022 222, where a nurse will triage them over the phone and
advise as needed or
contact your GP to arrange an appointment and let them know in advance if you
have symptoms (Symptoms might include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of
Media release: MLHD 16th March