Just two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the far south of NSW at Berrigan on Saturday, while the number of confirmed cases in Southern NSW has also increased by a small margin over the past three days.
There are now 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Southern NSW Local Health District and 42 cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. On Monday, the ACT also confirmed no new cases for the first time in three weeks.
The two new cases in the Southern NSW LHD are in the Eurobodalla and Queanbeyan, while the highest proportion of diagnoses remain in the population centres of Goulburn Mulwaree, the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. None of these new confirmed cases have required hospitalisation and they are self-isolating.
There are two further confirmed cases in the region originating in Victoria and the ACT: they are not included in the local figures.
The 42 MLHD cases exclude one resident of Victoria who was isolating in NSW. The two new cases have been recorded in the Berrigan Shire in the Southern Riverina region of NSW and takes the total of positive COVID-19 cases in that local government area to five.
The largest number of cases continue to be in the Wagga Wagga City population centre.
COVID-19 has claimed the life of one MLHD resident. As earlier reported, a 74-year-old female patient who acquired the virus overseas died in Albury Thursday night.
A total 1902 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the MLHD and 2265 people have been tested in the Southern NSW LHD, where results have now been further broken down by postcode. No further data has been made available by the MLHD.
Health authorities continue to urge caution, however, as the Easter holiday break approaches, warning that a holiday is not deemed necessary travel and that you are safest in your home and in your community.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat and dry cough. Symptoms will generally appear three to four 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 returned travellers, or those 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 advice 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 the Southern NSWLHD Central Intake Service – 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending
- Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 for assessment (7:00 am – 11:00 pm)