As of 8.00 am on Saturday 25 April 2020 There have been no further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. The total number of positive COVID-19 results remains at 45.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19
Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am – 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

RULES FOR TESTING HAVE NOW CHANGED:

Situation update

  • As the number of COVID-19 cases in NSW decreases, it is important to increase testing to ensure any new cases or outbreaks are identified and managed rapidly. There is now laboratory capacity to approximately double the volume of testing for COVID-19 in NSW.
  • Criteria have recently been expanded to recommend anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19.
  • With the exception of workers in high-risk clinical settings, there is no requirement for testing asymptomatic people before returning to work. Requests for such testing should be discouraged.
  • Note that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends influenza vaccination from April onwards. See the ATAGI Statement on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2020.

Increasing testing for COVID-19 in NSW for those with symptoms

NSW Health recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19.

This is especially important for:

  • anyone who lives or works in a high risk setting, including healthcare facilities, aged care and other residential facilities, schools, prisons, and other closed settings
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people who are close contacts of a confirmed case or who have returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • anyone admitted to hospital
  • people who reside in areas for increased testing and surveillance (Note: these areas are updated weekly).

Please make sure any health care or aged care workers or residents are noted on the laboratory request form so their test can be prioritised.

Asymptomatic people do not require testing, except in special circumstances such as recovered cases wishing to return to work in a health care facility, aged care facility or other high-risk clinical setting, or the person is part of a public health unit outbreak investigation. For further advice please see the COVID-19 control guideline for public health units or call your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

 

Media release: MLHD and NSW HEALTH website

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