Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8 o’clock last night, bringing the total number of cases in the LHD to 22 since the start of the current outbreak in June.
One new case is in Karabar, Queanbeyan, and one is in Goulburn. Both are under investigation.
No new cases have been reported in Batemans Bay or Merimbula, however health authorities are urging people in Moruya, Harden, Young, Yass and Jindabyne to get tested if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in local sewage systems in the past 48 hours.
There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in any of these centres but the presence of these fragments could signal undetected cases in the community.
In regards to the new confirmed cases, SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit is working with a number of venues to inform close contacts of infectious cases and provide rapid swabbing where appropriate.
Any venues of concern that are identified through contact tracing will be announced as soon as they are known. Venues of concern are kept updated on the SNSWLHD website.
Everyone should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19 including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever. If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.
There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW and more than 200 mobile and outreach vaccination clinics across the state as well as GPs and pharmacists. Check your eligibility here.
A record 1599 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in NSW, with eight people dying in the reporting period.
None of the deceased were vaccinated and they all had underlying health conditions.
Three were aged in their 80s, two in their 70s and one each aged in the 50s, 40s and 30s.
More than 77 per cent of the state’s over-16 population has now received their first dose. More than 44 per cent are fully vaccinated.