A 74-year-old woman has died in Albury overnight marking the first death from COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health Service District (MLHD) and taking the national death toll as a result of the virus to 25.
The woman was one of six cases in the border city and local health authorities say that she had acquired the infection as a result of overseas travel.
COVID-19 diagnoses from the Southern NSW Local Health District have, however, held steady with no change from the 51 cases diagnosed yesterday on the area between Goulburn, the coast and the Monaro and including Queanbeyan and Yass.
Southern NSW has now begun identifying cases by postcode as well as by local government area. The old pre-merger LGAs have been used to define areas of infection as they are more specific than the larger demerged Shire boundaries.
The figures show that in larger population areas like Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan and Eurobodalla, cases are confirmed in several different areas.
It has also been confirmed that one further case of COVID-19 has been identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, this time in Wagga Wagga City local government area.
This case, a woman aged between 30-39 years who acquired the virus overseas, takes the total number of positive cases in the MLHD to 41. This total includes one resident of Victoria who is currently isolating in NSW.
Wagga Wagga City has the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in the MLHD with nine cases, Federation Local Government Area has seven cases and Albury has six.
A total of 1902 people have been tested in the MLHD, while in Southern NSW, 2091 tests have been administered.
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)