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Cold transmission in Deni

Cold transmission in Deni

The town has seen a significant increase in the number of cases of the common cold

New data suggests Deniliquin residents are not following social distancing guidelines.

The Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) found 30 percent of COVID-19 tests in Deniliquin have come back positive for the common cold.

Chair Lourene Liebenberg said roughly one month ago there were hardly any presentations for the cold.

"What that is telling us... is that currently, this is being transmitted in exactly the same way that COVID would transmitted," she said.

"Our concern is that it's showing us that people are not maintaining social distancing, not keeping up good hygiene practices and just not doing the right thing."

Ms. Liebenberg said residents need to be more careful with community transmission of the common cold on the rise.

"People have indicated that perhaps this is a bit of scare mongering - it's not scare mongering, these are the facts that we know about COVID and we really just want to keep our community safe.

"We all need to do the right thing, we've all got to keep our community safe."

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The LHAC raised concerns about the New South Wales school holidays as people organise trips and activities to keep the kids entertained.

"People are tired of sitting at home, people have got social needs, and this is why we're concerned about the holidays," Ms. Liebenberg said.

"We understand that, but it's probably a little bit too early to forget that COVID is a Pandemic."

"[People need] to remain really vigilant in our choices of activities - where we go and what we do with the kids is really important."

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District has urged people to maintain the COVID-10 safety protocols by practicing good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and staying at home if you are unwell.

Testing is free. Anyone with symptoms should come forward for testing for COVID-19. Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.

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