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By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 21

There have been no advances in the number of people with COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Of the 49 people to have tested positive since March, only five are active.

There has not been one case linked to Edward River since the pandemic began.

Since the pandemic started, 28,757 tests have been completed for in MLHD, with 3,923 of them conducted in the seven days to yesterday.

There are nine outbreak locations being investigated across the state, most of them in metropolitan Sydney.

Outbreak locations closer to home include the Borella Cafe in Albury (after an infected person dines there on June 30) and the Murray Downs Golf Club (July 4 and 5).

Anyone who visited an outbreak location must immediately self-isolate for 14 days and is encouraged to come forward for testing, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Anyone who feels unwell or is concerned should be tested. Anyone with even the mildest symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath should be tested.

Testing is free. Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 or speak to your GP.

Wednesday, July 15

A person testing positive for Coronavirus has been identified to have travelled through Albury.

MLHD was advised this person has only recently tested positive and has not attended any other venues in the region.

The public health unit investigating this case informed MLHD that contact tracing identified the person had lunch at Café Borella on June 30 and was on the premises for approximately 45 minutes.

The café has provided a list of patrons who visited on this day and all persons whose details have been recorded will be contacted.

Café Borella has a COVID-19 business safety plan in place which has helped minimise the risk to patrons.

Anyone who visited the café on this day and is concerned can be tested for COVID-19 at the Albury Mobile Clinic.

Monday, July 13

There are now four active cases of COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and one in the Campaspe Shire region.

MLHD yesterday confirmed a person from the Snowy Valleys Council area had tested positive.

This person is a returned overseas traveller and is currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

There are also three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albury Local Government Area.

Two were confirmed on July 6.

One had recently travelled to Melbourne and returned prior to hotspot travel restrictions coming into force, while the other contracted it locally after being in contact with a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster.

Both are isolating in their home with support from their treating physician, and close contacts had been identified, tested and are now in self isolation.

A close contact of one of these two people was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 on Thursday.

Campaspe Shire’s most recent case was confirmed on Sunday.

It was the first time since June 15 the Victorian region has had an active case.

Between July 5 and 12, there have been 15 cases of Coronavirus recorded in NSW. In the same period, there have been 1435 cases confirmed in Victoria.

The Edward River Council region has not had a single positive COVID case since the pandemic began.

Anyone with even the mildest symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath should be tested.

Phone the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am to 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment, or visit one of MLHD’s pop-up clinics.

Tuesday, July 7

Two suspected cases of COVID-19 in the Albury Local Government Area have this morning been confirmed as positive.

Further testing is underway, and close contacts have been identified and placed in isolation.

One of the people had recently travelled to Melbourne and returned prior to hotspot travel restrictions coming in to force.

NSW Health is urging everyone, and particularly residents in the Albury area, who develop even the mildest symptoms to come forward for testing.

Phone the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am to 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment or visit one of MLHD’s pop-up clinics.

Thursday, June 18

There have been no new cases of Coronavirus in the Murrumbidgee district for two months.

While the illness has not entirely been eradicated from the region, with one person still experiencing lingering symptoms in the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council area, the positive results have prompted Murrumbidgee Local Health District to ease some of its own restrictions.

CEO Jill Ludford said visitor numbers and elective surgeries are slowly returning to normal, while other rules and restrictions remain in place.

‘‘We committed to having up to 75 per cent of deferred elective surgeries completed by the end of June. This has already been achieved so now we are committing to 100 per cent,’’ she said.

‘‘We also had visiting increased to two designated visitors for up to two hours each day. This has already been rolled out in aged care facilities.

‘‘Capacity is being maintained in ICUs, staff are maintaining their skills and equipment such as ventilators is still coming.

‘‘We still have respiratory zones in hospitals and staff are still in full PPE for patients with respiratory symptoms.

‘‘We are also still temperature testing and screening visitors to hospitals.’’

Ms Ludford encouraged people to come forward and get tested. To date, more than 14,900 have been tested for the virus in the MLHD.

And you can now get your results faster by opting to be notified via text.

Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (daily from 7am to 9pm) for a over the phone assessment.

Friday, May 22

There is just one active case of COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

The single person testing positive for the virus in the Narrandera Shire local government area on March 31 has finally recovered, with the remaining case in the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council area.

A total of 45 people have tested positive for the virus in the MLHD this year, with 8204 tests being conducted to date and currently no hospitalisations.

MLHD has invited anyone with any respiratory symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, dry cough or sore (scratchy) throat to call the COVID hotline to book in for a test.

Tests undertaken at any of the MLHD’s testing clinics are free and completely confidential.

The earlier the virus is detected, the more quickly the risk of transmission can be identified.

Anyone who believes they may have the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am to 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Thursday, May 21

Yesterday marked 35 consecutive days with no increase in the number of positive tests in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, despite 7887 tests being conducted to date.

Just two of the 45 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the MLHD are still actively fighting the virus, with the  Edward River Council area continuing to remain free of the virus.

The remaining infections include one in Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council area and one in the Narrandera Shire local government area.

In line with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, MLHD appeals to members of the public to maintain vigilance with physical distancing, hand washing and come forward for testing if they feel unwell. 

MLHD chief executive Jill Ludford said while thousands of people have been tested so far in the region, it is important for people to continue being tested. 

‘‘Especially now, with people permitted to travel and the easing of restrictions, the risk of community transmissions will increase,’’ Ms Ludford said. 

‘‘We advise everyone in our community to please maintain the good behaviours around physical distance and hand hygiene, and of course the more people we are able to test, the easier it will be for us to stay on top of any hotspots.’’

MLHD has invited anyone with any respiratory symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, dry cough or sore (scratchy) throat to call the COVID hotline to book in for a test.

Tests undertaken at any of the MLHD’s testing clinics are free and completely confidential.

The earlier the virus is detected, the more quickly the risk of transmission can be identified.

Anyone who believes they may have the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am to 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Friday, May 8

Only 2 of the 45 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District are still actively fighting the virus.

And the Edward River Council area continues to remain free of the virus.

The remaining infections include one in Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council Area and one in the Narrandera Shire local government area.

Yesterday marked 22 consecutive days there was no increase in the number of positive tests in the MLHD, despite 5145 tests being conducted to date.

MLHD has invited anyone with any respiratory symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, dry cough or sore (scratchy) throat to call the COVID hotline to book in for a test.

Tests undertaken at any of the MLHD’s testing clinics are free and completely confidential.

The earlier the virus is detected, the more quickly the risk of transmission can be identified.

Anyone who believes they may have the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am – 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Thursday, May 7

There are still no new cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, with the total cases having remained at at 45 since April 16.

Five of the 45 are still yet to fully recover from the illness, including one each in the Berrigan Shire and Wagga Wagga City councils and three in Albury City.

There have been no positive tests in the Edward River region.

MLHD launched its mobile testing clinics on Wednesday, swabbing 56 people for COVID-19 in both Lockhart and Henty.

Testing continued in Narrandera and Coolamon yesterday, and the pop up clinics will be deployed based on demand.

A stationary testing clinic has been operating in Deniliquin since late March.

District manager of virtual care Phil Major said the first day results were pleasing, proving the need to be out and about in the community to ensure people had access to testing clinics. 

‘‘It’s imperative for our districts to be agile and flexible in providing testing clinics where and when they are needed and the mobile van enables us to be nimble in our response to testing for COVID-19 in emerging hotspots,’’ Mr Major said. 

‘‘The ability to mobilise our testing team will be critical as we enter the next phase of community transmission.’’

Anyone who believes they may have the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800th831th099 (open every day from 7am – 9pm) for an  over the phone assessment.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms will generally appear three to four days after exposure to the virus but can be up to 14 days later.

Wednesday, May 6

There are still no new cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, with the total cases remaining at 45.

There are 39 recovered cases, and currently no hospitalisations. A total of 4,661 people have been tested.

MLHD has invited anyone with any respiratory symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, dry cough or sore (scratchy) throat to call the COVID hotline to book in for a test.

Tests undertaken at any of the MLHD’s testing clinics are FREE and completely confidential.

The earlier the virus is detected, the more quickly the risk of transmission can be identified. If we can contact and isolated people who may have become infected before they become sick, then they’re not spreading it to other people.

Anyone who believes they may have the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am – 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Monday, May 4

There have been no further positive cases of Coronavirus in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District since April 16.

The total number jumped to 45 positives when an Albury resident who had returned from overseas was tested while isolating in a Sydney hotel.

Five of the 45 are still yet to fully recover from the illness, including one each in the Berrigan Shire and Wagga Wagga City councils and three in Albury City.

Sadly the region reported one death in April — a resident of Federation Council, who died while in hospital in Albury.

None of the 45 cases were recorded in the Edward River Council area.

The majority of MLHD cases have affected the 20 to 29 year-old age group, with 10 women and seven men in that age group among the 45 positives.

Another 18 cases are from the 60 to 69 and 70 to 79 year-old age groups, with three each in the 30 to 39 and 50 to 59 year-old groups and four in the 40 to 49 year-old group.

According to figures released by MLHD today a total of 4,377 people have so far been tested for COVID-19.

Testing criteria has been broadened in an effort to ensure there is no further increase in the number of positives.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
● fever
● sore throat
● dry cough
● shortness of breath

Symptoms will generally appear three to four days after exposure to the virus, but can be up to 14 days later.

Members of the public are advised to minimise travel, increase personal awareness around hand hygiene and practice social distancing.

In the meantime, MLHD has developed a COVID-19 simulation exercise for residential aged care facilities across the region.

A spokesperson said regular scenario training is an important part of further preparing the district’s staff and external providers of care for vulnerable community members.

The first simulation on containing an outbreak of the virus was conducted virtually at The Forrest Centre and MLHD Public Health Unit on Friday.

‘‘The simulation exercise focused on the importance of health care teamwork and allows MLHD PHU and The Forrest Centre staff to further develop communication pathways and collaborate for the safety of all residents and staff,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘The exercise provided the opportunity to validate plans and practice COVID-19 containment strategies in a safe environment.

‘‘Agencies such as New South Wales Ambulance as well as local general practitioners were also involved in the scenario training."

MLHD invites anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus to call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 for a confidential over the phone assessment between 7am and 9pm.

Thursday, April 30

There is still no increase to the number of people testing positive for the virus so far, and the total number of people recovered remains at 39 of the 45 to test positive to date.

There have been no confirmed cases in the Edward River Council area.

MLHD's decision to expand the testing criteria is reflective of the importance in tracking down all known cases of COVID-19.

They said it has also become said more important than ever with the gradual relaxing of social distancing from today. 

A low transmission rate is a prerequisite before things can start to return to normal. 

Wednesday, April 29

The total number of identified COVID-19 positive patients in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District remains at 45. There are 39 recovered cases, and currently no hospitalisations.

Testing rates are rising well across the region with more than 578 tests conducted in the last week, bringing the total to 3667 people tested.

Testing is more important than ever with the gradual relaxing of social distancing. A low transmission rate is a prerequisite to progress further lifting of the restrictions.

Tuesday, April 28

Screening criteria has been expanded in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, meaning anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19.

There is still no increase to the number of people testing positive for the virus so far, and the total number of people recovered remains at 39 of the 45 to test positive to date.

MLHD says expanding the testing criteria is reflective of the importance in tracking down all known cases of COVID-19.

Public health director Tracey Oakman says the earlier the virus is detected, the more quickly the risk of transmission can be identified.

“If we can contact and isolate people who may have become infected before they become sick, then they’re not spreading it to other people,” she said.

Most common symptoms include fever and dry cough. Some people also experience sore throat, shortness of breath, or runny or stuffy nose.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am – 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Monday, April 27

A suspected case of COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District identified over the weekend has been confirmed to be negative.

The man in his sixties, living in the Wagga Wagga City Local Government Area, initially returned a test result with reading of ‘‘low positive’’.

Further confirmatory testing confirmed a negative result by Monday morning.

Only six of the 45 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the MLHD are still actively fighting the virus.

They include two people in the Albury City Local Government Area, one in Berrigan Shire, two in Federation and one in Wagga Wagga City.

3526 people in the MLHD have been tested for the virus, with the Edward River region still free of any cases.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099, which is open everyday from 7am until 9pm,  for a confidential over the phone assessment. 

Sunday, April 26

There has been one new case of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District bringing the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 46.

The new case is a resident of Wagga Wagga City Local Government Area and is being treated in Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

The man in his sixties has returned a test result with reading of “low positive”. Further confirmatory testing is underway.

Saturday, April 25

The number of council areas with confirmed Coronavirus cases has been whittled down to just four, with 39 people in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District now recovered.

There was no increase in the number of cases identified overnight, meaning Edward River Council remains free from the virus.

A total of 45 people have tested positive in MLHD since testing began, spread over 12 local government areas.

The rate of recovery means there is only one remaining active case in Berrigan Shire, one in Wagga, and two each in the Albury City and Federation council areas.

To date, MLHD has conducted 3376 tests for COVID-19.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am to 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Friday, April 23

Only 7 of the 45 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District are still actively fighting the virus.

There have been no further cases of COVID-19 identified since Saturday, April 18, with the total number of positive results 45.

The active cases include three in the Albury City local government area, one in Berrigan Shire, two in Federation and one in Wagga Wagga City.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am until 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.

Thursday, April 23

Only 12 of the 45 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District are still actively fighting the virus.

And the Edward River Council area continues to remain free of the virus.

The remaining infections include three in the Albury City local government area, one in Berrigan Shire, one in Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council Area, two in Federation and one in Wagga Wagga City. 

Yesterday marked five consecutive days there was no increase in the number of positive tests in the MLHD, despite 3171 tests being conducted to date.

The majority of cases have been in those aged between 20 and 29, with a total of 17 cases.

The 60 to 69 years and 70 to 79 year-old age groups have had nine positive cases each.

There have been four confirmed cases in the 40 to 49 year age group, and three each in the 30 to 39 and 50 to 59 age groups.

There have been no confirmed cases in the 0-9 and 10-19 year-old age groups.

The majority of positive cases are in females, with 28 women testing positive compared to 17 men.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.

Wednesday, April 22

There are still no new positive Coroanvirus cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, with just 12 still fighting the virus.

Today's figures show 3089 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with a total of 45 positive cases.

The majority of cases are in those aged between 20 and 29 with a total of 17 cases.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099. 

the hotline is every day from 7am until 9pm.

Monday, April 20

No new cases of Coronavirus were reported in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District throughout the weekend.

Of the 45 cases, there have been 33 recoveries, and none of the 12 with the virus are hospitalised.

There has also been no increase on the two positives in the Campaspe Shire region of Victoria.

Sunday, April 19

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District remains at 45 with 33 recoveries.

There have been 2825 tests conducted in the MLHD with five of the postive cases hospitalised for further care.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099. 

Saturday, April 18

There have been no further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District overnight.

The total number of positive results remains at 45 with 33 recoveries. 

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus or have respitory symptoms should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 for a confidential over the phone assessment.

The hotline is open from 7am until 9am every day.

Friday, April 17

There has been one further case of COVID-19 identified in a resident of Murrumbidgee Local Health District, bringing the total number of Murrumbidgee Local Health District residents testing positive to 45.

The person is a resident of Albury who has returned from overseas and is isolating in a Sydney hotel.

One further person has recovered from the illness overnight, with 32 now recovered.

As of 9.30am, MLHD says there are no probably cases of Coronavirus in the district.

Thursday, April 16

There have been no increases in Coronavirus cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District since Saturday.

Even more positive is that new statistics show that 31 of the 44 people testing positive in the region have now recovered from the illness.

In Greater Hume, Griffith City, Hay Shire, Hilltops Council, Snowy Valleys Council Area and Murrumbidgee Council, the recoveries have brought each area back to having no active COVID-19 cases.

And no increase means there are still no active cases in the Edward River Council area.

MLHD local government areas with remaining active cases are Albury City (three of an original seven), Berrigan Shire (two of five), Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council (two, with no recoveries yet), Federation (three of seven), Narrandera Shire (one, no recoveries) and Wagga (two of 10).

There has also been no advance in the number of cases diagnosed by our Victorian neighbours. Campaspe Shire’s count remains on two.

To date, 2592 tests have been conducted in the MLHD region.

Wednesday, April 15

27 of the 44 who tested positive for Coronavirus in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District have now recovered.

Today's figures show there have been no increases in the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus, with 2539 tests conducted in the region so far.

Four people have required hospitalisation, and there was one Coronavirus related death in Albury earlier this month.

The majority of the 44 positive cases have been recorded in the 20-29 year-old age group (16 cases).

The 60-69 years and 70-79 year-old age groups have nine positive cases each.

There are four confirmed cases in the 40-49 year age group, and three each in the 30-39 and 50-59 age groups.

There have been no confirmed cases in the 0-9 and 10-19 year-old age groups.

The majority of positive cases are in females, with 27 women testing positive compared to 17 men.

Tuesday, April 14

The Coronavirus recovery rates continue to increase in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, with 25 of the 44 testing positive now free of the illness.

In Greater Hume, Griffith City, Hay Shire and Murrumbidgee Council, the recoveries have brought each areas back to having no active COVID-19 cases.

This morning's updates figures show there have been no increases in the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus, with 2528 tests conducted in the region so far.

Four of the 44 testing positive have required hospitalisation, and there was one Coronavirus related death in Albury earlier this month.

Monday, April 13

The total number of positive COVID-19 results remains at 44 after two additional cases were identified over the Easter long weekend.

Of the 44 positive cases confirmed by the health district so far, yesterday’s update shows 25 of them have recovered.

All three people testing positive in Murrumbidgee Council have recovered, with one of the five people testing positive in Berrigan Shire recovered.

In the Albury council area, four of seven people testing positive for Coronavirus and three of seven in the Federation council area have also recovered from the virus.

Data has revealed there are now no cases in the Snowy Valleys council area after the one person with the virus made a recovery.

Greater Hume’s and Griffith City’s positive cases have also been reduced to zero.

There have been seven recoveries in Wagga, bringing the case numbers down to three.

To date, 2508 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the MLHD.

The Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline (1800 831 099) is open every day from 7am until 9pm. 

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the virus should call the hotline for a confidential, over the phone assessment. 

Sunday, April 12

There have been no further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

The total number of positive COVID-19 results remains at 44.

Saturday, April 11

There has been another case of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District overnight,  taking the total number of positive results to 44.

The new case is in the Albury Local Government Area.

25 people have now recovered from the virus.

Friday, April 10

There has been one further case of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District taking the total number of positive results to 43.

20 people have now recovered from the virus.

Thursday, April 9

As of 8am on Thursday April 9, there were no new cases of COVID-19 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

This is the fifth day in a row there have been no new cases.

2318 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the MLHD with 42 confirmed cases and one death so far.

Four people are being treated in hospital and 12 have recovered from the virus.

Wednesday, April 8

There are still no positive COVID-19 cases in the Edward River Council local government area.

There have also been no new cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, with the total sitting at 42 for four days in a row.

Ten people have recovered from Coronavirus, with just one death caused by the virus in the MLHD.

More than 2190 tests have been conducted in the MLHD.

Tuesday, April 7

There have been no new COVID-19 cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District for a third day in a row.

As of 8am, there were a total of 42 COVID-19 cases and one death caused by the virus.

Monday, April 6

For the second day in a row, there have been no further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

As of 8am on Monday, April 6, there were a total of 42 cases and one death caused by the virus in the MLHD.

There are currently six positive COVID-19 cases in the Albury City local government area, five in Berrigan Shire, one in Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council Area, seven in Federation, two in Greater Hume, three in Griffith City, one in Hay Shire, two in Hilltops Council, three in Murrumbidgee Council, one in Narrandera Shire, one in Snowy Valleys Council Area and ten in Wagga Wagga City local government areas.

The MLHD COVID-19 Hotline has also changed its hours of operation, which came into effect today.

The hotline is now open seven days a week, from 7am until 9pm.

The number to call for assessment is 1800 831 099.

Sunday, April 5

There has been no further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District as of 8 am on Sunday, April 5.

This was the first 24 hours without any cases since March 21, with the first case in the MLHD being identified on the Sunday, March 22.

Saturday, April 4

There have been two further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 42.

The 42 cases excludes one resident of Victoria who was isolating in NSW.

The two new cases are both in the Berrigan Shire local government area, taking the total cases in Berrigan to 5.

Friday, April 3

A 74-year old female patient who had acquired COVID-19 overseas has died in Albury overnight.

There was however just one new case of COVID-19  in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

This brings the positive cases to 41, including one Victorian resident who is currently isolating in NSW.

The new case is in the Wagga Wagga City local government area, bringing the total cases in that area to 10.

MLHD data has revealed this new case was contracted overseas by a person aged between 30 and 39.

Thursday, April 2

There has been four further cases of COVID-19 identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 40.

The new cases include one in the Berrigan Shire local government area, two in Hilltops Shire LGA and one in the Snowy Valleys Council Area.

As of 8am on Paril 2, there had been 1814 tests conducted for COVID-19 in the MLHD.

Positive cases include six in the Albury City local government area, three in Berrigan Shire, one in Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council Area, seven in Federation, two in Greater Hume, three in Griffith City, one in Hay Shire, two in Hilltops Shire, three in Murrumbidgee Council, one in Narrandera Shire, two in Snowy Valleys Council Area and nine in Wagga Wagga City.

All cases are in those aged between 20 to 79.

Wednesday, April 1

A member of the Hay community who recently tested positive for COVID-19 does not have the virus as a second test comes back negative.

This brings the total amount of positive cases in the Hay Shire local government area to one.

"The initial pathology report indicated a positive result detected at ‘low level’. Low level results may represent either low level infection, a recent past infection or in some cases may be a non-specific finding. Therefore, the laboratory conducted a second test which confirmed a negative result," an MLHD spokesperson said.

Overnight, there were an additional two cases confirmed in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District bringing the total to 36. These were in the Berrigan Shire and Federation local government areas.

Data revealed by MLHD shows the majority of the cases are in those between 20 and 29. This includes eight cases for females and four for men in the MLHD.

The next highest categories are those aged 60-69 (eight cases) and those aged 70 to 79 (eight cases).

Other cases are in those aged 30 to 39 (two cases) , 40 to 49 (three cases) and 50 to 59 (three cases).

There have been a total of 1749 tests conducted in the MLHD.

Tuesday, March 31

Another four people in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District have tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total to 35.

There are still no positives registered in the Edward River Council region.

The additional cases include an additional three people in the Wagga Waga City local government area (bringing the total to nine) and the first positive in Narrandera Shire.

Data revealed by MLHD suggests that 30 of the regional cases are likely to have contracted the virus overseas.

One is suspected to have picked it up after travelling interstate, and four are considered to be local transmissions.

The age group most highly represented in the figures is the 20 to 29 year-old age group, with 11 cases.  Seven people testing positive are in the 70 to 79 year-old age group and eight in the 60 to 69 year-old age group.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.