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Three more cases in MLHD

Three more cases in MLHD

There is still no cases in the Edward River LGA

There have been a further three cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. This brings the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 13.

The Health District have conducted 1,110 tests, as at 8pm on 25 March 2020.

The MLHD said the new cases located in Wagga Wagga and Greater Hume LGAs were confirmed yesterday afternoon. All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.

There is still no confirmed cases in the Edward River or Berrigan Shire Council areas.

Currently the cases are located in the following LGA's:

- Albury City LGA: 4

- Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA: 1

- Griffith City LGA: 1

- Federation LGA: 2

- Wagga Wagga City LGA: 3

- Greater Hume LGA: 2

The MLHD report all patients have experienced mild to moderate symptoms and are in self-isolation to ensure they do not transmit the virus. Patients are being managed at home with the support of their GP and a daily check up with local health services.

MLHD released a statement outlining the process following a confirmed case:

"When notified of a positive test result for COVID-19 the MLHD Public Health Unit commences a process called contact tracing.

Contact tracing involves interviewing the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to determine their movements while they were infectious and identify close contacts. A close contact is someone who has been face-to-face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 when that person was infectious.

Where individuals are identified as close contacts, the Public Health Unit tells these contacts they must isolate themselves for 14 days after they were last in contact with the case. A daily check-up process is set up for these people to monitor their health. This is done via an SMS process.

If not all contacts can be identified after a person has spent time in a particular location an alert would be issued to warn people who may have been in that location at the same time as the case.

The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason people who are
identified as close contacts are asked to self-isolate for 14 days."

[End statement].

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