One case of COVID-19 in Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has been reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. This is the first case attributable to the district since 20 September.
SNSWLHD COVID-19 cases as at 1900 08 October 2020
The new case, from the Goulburn Mulwaree Shire, is a close contact of a Sydney case reported on 7 October 2020 and has been in isolation since being tested on 7 October 2020.
Contact Tracing & Isolation
The Public Health Unit is working closely with this case and has been in touch with their contacts and directed any close contacts to isolate for 14 days and immediately get tested.
For more information, please see: Frequently asked questions: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/frequently-asked-questions.aspx
Isolation is mandatory for anyone identified as a close contact (not a casual contact) of a case. Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full time, even if they test negative.
Early testing may not detect an infection, therefore ceasing self-isolation based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect others in the community. Most people who are infected and develop symptoms will do so within 14 days of exposure.
For further advice, call SNSWLHD 1800 999 880 COVID line to speak with a registered nurse who can provide advice relevant to your particular situation.
During peak times you may be asked to leave your details for a nurse to return your call. If you have concerns while waiting for the call-back, please isolate until you have spoken with a nurse who can advise you on the appropriate action to take.
COVID-19 testing Symptoms & Clinics
SNSWLHD is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so cases in the community can be 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.
For testing local clinic times and locations, visit: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19.
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 virus or have very mild symptoms.
COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
- Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
- Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask on public transport, ride share, taxis, shopping, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.
NSW Health thanks the community for all they have done towards reducing COVID-19 numbers and continues to ask people to remain vigilant and come forward for testing immediately if symptoms appear.
This is particularly important with school holidays and increased movement of people around the state.
For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
NSW Health’s daily COVID 19 update is released here.