Below is a statement just released from NSW Health (1.35pm Sunday 2020) confirming cases of coronavirus in the area, including one at Tura Beach, another at Merimbula, and one at Long Beach.
Southern NSW Local Health District has confirmed six cases of COVID19 have been formally identified within the district (as at 22 March, 2020).
The announcement follows recent tests which were verified on the weekend. The confirmed cases include:
- A Long Beach local who returned to Batemans Bay following a recent cruise and has undertaken self-isolation.
- A Tura Beach resident, who is now in self-isolation after testing positive on return from traveling overseas.
- A woman from Merimbula, who contracted the virus after attending a wedding interstate, who is now in self-isolation
- A Canberra man in his 60s who was recently overseas, then on his return showed signs of a sore throat, cough and flu like symptoms. The man is in self-isolation in Goulburn.
- A Queanbeyan woman in her 60s who was recently interstate, and is now in self-isolation.
- A Bungendore resident who tested positive after returning from a recent cruise, and has undertaken self-isolation.
Southern NSW Local Health District Public Health Unit is in contact with each confirmed case and their close contacts, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days from when they were last with the confirmed case.
They have also been advised to seek medical attention should they experience symptoms. Identifying close contacts ensures that those people who may be at risk take the necessary steps to avoid any further transmission.
It is essential that everyone plays a part in containing the spread of COVID-19 by practising good hygiene measures including: Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.