Three new cases of COVID-19 found in Murrumbidgee area, none in Hilltops

Coronavirus has reached the Murrumbidgee with 13 confirmed cases. Picture: file
Coronavirus has reached the Murrumbidgee with 13 confirmed cases. Picture: file

A further three positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Murrumbidgee area.

The additional confirmations were identified by 8pm on Wednesday, and now bring the running regional total to 13.

The new cases of COVID-19 are in Wagga and Greater Hume local government areas.

It comes after the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack yesterday confirmed passengers from the Rugby Princess cruise ship arrived in Wagga after disembarking in Sydney.

Since docking in Sydney last week, 130 of the 2700 passengers have now tested positive for COVID-19.

During a press conference on Wednesday morning, Mr McCormack addressed rumours that up to 20 passengers from a different cruise ship had arrived in Wagga but were not in isolation.

Mr McCormack said he was aware "some people from a cruise ship have arrived in Wagga".

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 190 new coronavirus infections in the state, which represents a significant 10 per cent drop on the record set in the previous 24 hour period.

Across NSW there are now 1219 confirmed cases.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat and dry cough. Symptoms will generally appear 3-4 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.

Anyone who believes they have may have contracted the COVID-19 virus (ie: who are returned travellers, or who have come in contact with a confirmed case and are showing symptoms: fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath) are advised in the first instance to:

  • Call the free-call coronavirus hotline 1800 022 222 and receive advise on the best course of action depending on your symptoms and risks. Medical staff will direct people to the nearest hospital or respiratory clinic, or advise them to stay home and self-monitor, or contact their GP, or
  • Contact your GP to arrange an appointment (let GP practice know in advance if you have symptoms) or
  • Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 for assessment (7.00 am - 11.00 pm)

Reduce possible transmission

Avoiding crowds and mass gatherings avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals.

MLHD and MPHN encourage members of the public who need information to visit the NSW Health website.