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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update 3 April 2020

Of the 9 confirmed cases in the Bega Valley, eight live in the 2548 postcode which takes in Merimbula and Tura Beach. The other case lives in 2550 which takes in a vast area of the Bega Valley from Bega to Towamba to Cobargo and Tanja and surrounds.

No matter where you live the advice is the same. It is essential that everyone plays a part in containing the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • Stay at home, only leave if it is absolutely essential.
  • Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Overview:

There are currently 51 cases of COVID-19 within the Southern NSW Local Health District.

Shire based breakdown of cases:

  • Bega Valley: 9
  • Cooma-Monaro: 2
  • Eurobodalla: 9
  • Goulburn-Mulwaree: 10
  • Palerang: 4
  • Queanbeyan: 5
  • Snowy River: 4
  • Upper Lachlan: 2
  • Yass Valley: 6

Likely source of local infection:

  • Overseas acquired: 47
  • Locally acquired, contact known: 2
  • Locally acquired, contact unknown: 1
  • Interstate acquired: 1

Note - variations may occur in day to day results due to further investigations and qualifications of data.

Southern NSW Local Health District is in contact with each confirmed case and their close contacts, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days.

None of these confirmed cases have required hospitalisation and are self-isolating accordingly

Identifying close contacts ensures that those people who may be at risk take the necessary steps to avoid any further transmission.

Overwhelmingly the best advice for avoiding COVID-19 is to stay at home, only leave if it is absolutely essential.

Southern NSW Local Health District has established COVID-19 Assessment Centres throughout the District.

Any one heading to an assessment centre MUST call the SNSWLHD Central Intake Service – 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending.

Looking at the statewide numbers for COVID-19, as at April 3:

  • Confirmed cases: 2,389
  • Cases tested and excluded: over 108,000

Want to know more?

The Coronavirus Health Information Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1800 020 080

Check the NSW Health website - https://bit.ly/2xhF0ip

or the Federal Health Department website - https://bit.ly/2J5246N  for the latest health and well being measures.

Mental health support and well being

Keep connected as a community by taking some simple steps.

  • Stay informed. Use information from reputable sources including this website, the Australian Government website (https://bit.ly/2J5246N) and the NSW Government (https://bit.ly/2xhF0ip).
  • Support others in our community. Look out for neighbours and family.
  • Keep connected to your family, friends, work colleagues through phone, email and social media - maybe even write them an old school letter!

If you are worried or anxious, there is support:

 

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