RATs bound for MLHD testing sites

There are almost 100 active cases of COVID-19 in the district as of this week.

According to the latest data available yesterday, there are 18 active cases in Edward River Council and 77 in the Murray River local government area.

It brings the total number of cases identified in each local government area to 92 and 333 respectively.

The results record PCR tests only.

Rapid Antigen Test results have not yet been published by MLHD or NSW Health.

On Monday, MLHD confirmed that 33 COVID patients have been hospitalised, five of which are in intensive care.

The health body also reiterated testing advice, which strongly encourages residents to seek out Rapid Antigen Testing over PCR tests.

Although, access to RATs remains difficult with suppliers selling out as soon as more stock arrives.

The Australian Government is starting to promote that free tests are available at testing centres for eligible residents, with MLHD saying the supply should arrive this week.

‘‘The state government has ordered 100 million tests, with the first to begin arriving this week intended for schools, social housing, vulnerable, remote and Indigenous communities,’’ a spokesperson said.

‘‘Supplies to retail outlets are expected to increase over the coming weeks.

‘‘The Murrumbidgee Local Health District had a small supply of rapid antigen tests (RATs) for testing clinics when they were experiencing significant demand in the Christmas New Year period.

‘‘Rapid Antigen Tests are currently used in some hospital higher risk services such as renal and maternity patients.’’