No new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Murrumbidgee overnight

There have been no new coronavirus cases recorded in the Murrumbidgee region overnight.

As at 8am on Monday, 2080 people had been tested for COVID-19 within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, with 42 confirmed cases.

Sadly, there has been one death, that of a 74-year-old woman in Albury Base Hospital last week.

The region's tally - by local government areas - currently stands at:

  • Albury, six
  • Berrigan, five
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai, one
  • Federation, seven
  • Greater Hume, two
  • Griffith, three
  • Hay, one
  • Hilltops, two
  • Murrumbidgee, three
  • Narrandera, one
  • Snowy Valleys, one
  • Wagga, 10

The MLHD COVID-19 hotline has changed its hours of operation from Monday and will be open seven days a week, from 7am to 9pm.

The number to call for assessment is 1800 831 099.

For serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) for urgent medical help.

The national COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 0780 remains open for anyone seeking information on coronavirus. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency departments continue to provide emergency care across the Murrumbidgee, MLHD chief executive Jill Ludford said.

People requiring non-emergency care should continue to contact their local GP. Health Direct is available for free health advice on 1800 022 22 or visit www.healthdirect.gov.au.

NSW Health recently broadened the testing criteria for COVID-19 and MLHD has expanded further to include any person with symptoms of respiratory illness, regardless of travel or contact history, Ms Ludford said.

This will provide for a better understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities as well as early identification of any cases to prevent further transmission.

COVID-19 Testing Clinics are currently located in Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Tumut, and Wagga. Appointments are essential and can be made by calling 1800 831 099.

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, Ms Ludford said.

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