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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Detailed contact tracing of recent COVID-19 positive cases in Batemans Bay has led to identification of additional locations that an infectious case has visited.
Southern NSW Local Health District is warning people who have attended the following venues to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if they have concerns or if symptoms develop.
  • The Bateman’s Bay Soldiers Club – 8 and 10 July
  • Malua Bay Bowling Club – 7, 8 and 12 July
  • Narooma Bowling Club –13 July

This serves as a reminder for all local businesses to have in place a suitable COVID-Safe Plan, to help keep the staff and community safe. More details can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

To ensure people can get tested quickly in Batesman Bay, SNSWLHD has opened an additional drive through COVID clinic at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee (entry via Elizabeth Drive) from 9.00am to 5.00pm Thursday and Friday, with further clinic dates to be reassessed and extended if needed. No booking or GP referral is required.

In addition, the testing hours at Moruya Hospital have been extended to 9:00am to 5:00pm daily; and will be extended daily depending on demand.

The District will also continue operating its COVID-19 pop-up clinic at the Hanging Rock Oval Car Park (near the function centre) on Beach Road, Batemans Bay.

The clinic will be open from daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm until further notice.

More than 1200 tests have been undertaken in the Eurobodalla since Monday 9am 20 July, and we thank the community for coming forward to get tested to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

SNSWLHD is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy sore throat cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste/smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

There is no longer a requirement to schedule appointments at most of the District’s COVID-19 testing sites. Callers to the SNSWLHD 1800 999 880 COVID line will be provided with information on testing eligibility and clinic times and locations. These testing sites include Goulburn Base Hospital, Queanbeyan District Hospital, Eurobodalla Health Service (Moruya), South East Regional Hospital, Cooma District

Hospital, Jindabyne Clinic and Yass District Hospital as well as the ‘pop-up’ clinics at Hanging Rock, Merimbula and Crookwell. See our website at: www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au. A number of our smaller COVID testing sites will still be by appointment only (Pambula Hospital, Bombala MPS, Eden, Perisher and Thredbo) – call 1800 999 880 (option 2).

It remains essential that everyone maintains social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of spread between people. People can unwittingly pass COVID-19 to others if they are incubating the infection or have very mild symptoms
There are steps we can take to protect ourselves and loved ones:
- If you have even mild symptoms, a cold or cough, get tested and stay home until you’re cleared
- Keep your 1.5m distance from others at all times even if you are well
- If you have been in Victoria, don’t mix with other people until two weeks has passed
- Practise good hand hygiene at all times
- Consider wearing a mask if you are in a situation where you cannot socially distance.
For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

For information on testing sites go to https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19?viewmode=0

Last updated: 02 August 2020
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