A FURTHER three cases of coronavirus, COVID-19 have been reported in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and two cases in the Greater Hume region have been confirmed.
The total number of positive cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District is 13.
COVID-19 in MLHD by local government area:
- Albury City, 4
- Cootamundra-Gundagai, 1
- Griffith City, 1
- Federation, 2
- Wagga, 3
- Greater Hume, 2
According to a MLHD statement released on Thursday morning, all cases notified 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.
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 two 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.