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Thirty one positive COVID-19 cases in MLHD

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

UPDATE, Monday, March 30, 2020

There have been a further five cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 31.

These included six cases in the Albury City local government area, one in  Berrigan Shire, one in Cootamundra-Gundagai, six in Federation, two in Greater Hume, three in Griffith City, two in 
Hay Shire, three in Murrumbidgee Council, one in Snow Valleys Shire and six in Wagga Wagga City.

The majority of the cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.

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

There are currently three cases who are more unwell and have been admitted to an appropriate local hospital.

UPDATE: Sunday, March 29, 2020

There are now 26 total positive cases of COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

As of 8am on March 29, there were six cases in the Albury City local government area, one in Cootamundra-Gundagai, six in Federation, two in Greater Hume Shire, three in Griffith City, one in Hay Shire, two in Murrumbidgee Council and five in City of Wagga Wagga.

One person is being treated in hospital, and the other 25 are in self isolation with support of Public Health Unit.

All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.

UPDATE: Friday, March 27, 2020

There have been a further seven cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District taking the total number of positive results to 20.

As of 8am on March 27 there were xix cases in the Albury City Local Government Area, one in Cootamundra-Gundagai, three in Griffith City, four in Federation, four in Wagga Wagga City and Two in Greater Hume.

"All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case," An MLHD spokesperson said.

"Patients who have experienced mild to moderate symptoms are in self-isolation to ensure they do not transmit the virus. They are being managed at home with the support of their GP and a daily check up with local health services. Those who are more unwell may be admitted to an appropriate local hospital.

"Australia has very strong privacy laws which do not allow the release of individual personal and health information to the public. The release of such personal details contradicts public health ethical principles."

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thirteen positive Coronavirus tests have now been confirmed in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District region.

The first positive test was confirmed on Sunday, in the Albury region, and another nine were announced by Wednesday morning.

Another three were added to the list yesterday.

None of the confirmed tests have been recorded in the immediate local area.

The positive tests are in the Albury City, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Griffith City, Federation, Wagga Wagga City and Greater Hume local government areas.

As of yesterday, there were two positive tests confirmed by Echuca Regional Health.

One is an Echuca resident and the other is a Moama resident.

MLHD testing data is provided to the Pastoral Times.

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

An additional nine cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, but none are in the Edward River Council region.

The new cases are located in the Albury, Griffith, Federation, Cootamundra-Gundagai and Wagga Wagga local government areas.

It takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the local health district to 10 as of 5pm yesterday.

MLHD said all confirmed cases were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.

“All patients have experienced mild to moderate symptoms and are in self isolation to ensure they do not transmit the virus. They are being managed at home with the support of their GP and a daily check up with local health services,” an MLHD spokesperson said.

“The MLHD Public Health Unit interviews the person to determine their movements while they were infectious. Where individuals are identified as close contacts, the Public Health Unit directs these contacts to self-isolate for 14 days after they were last in contact with the case.

“Reducing contact between people unless absolutely necessary, especially those in our population who may be more vulnerable or susceptible to the illness because of age or weakened immunity, is critical to slowing the spread and impact of COVID-19.”

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Murrumbidgee Local Health District confirmed one positive result of has been returned from 538 people tested for COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

NSW Health advised a 41 year old male who recently returned home from a trip abroad has tested positive.

The patient was interviewed to identify potential contacts. Anyone who has been in contact with this patient will be notified.

The patient is in self isolation and has taken measures to ensure he does not transmit the virus.