Above, a media release from NSW Health this morning confirms more cases in the region of COVID-19. Testing is still restricted.
Please see below a statement from Southern NSW Local Health District, released a short while ago, the information provides no information as to the whereabouts of the new cases or the condition of the people who have the virus. There are now five confirmed cases in the Bega Valley, and three in the Eurobodalla.
Clinics are now operating six days, at Moruya Hospital from 11am to 3pm, and at the South East Regional Hospital at Bega from 11am to 2pm. There are still restrictions on who can be tested.
Southern NSW Local Health District has confirmed a total of 18 cases of COVID-19 have been formally identified within the District (as at 5:00pm 25 March, 2020). This includes the additional case in Goulburn of a person who is an ACT resident. The announcement follows recent tests which were verified in the last 24 hours.
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. • Stay home if you are sick.
Southern NSW Local Health District has established COVID-19 Assessment Centres throughout the District, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly. The purpose of these clinics is for people who have respiratory symptoms or fever and who are at risk of COVID-19.
Any one heading to an assessment centre MUST call the SNSWLHD Central Intake Service – 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending. You will ONLY be tested if you fit the COVID-19 testing criteria. This testing can take up to two days to complete and report back. For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx