Hilltops Council now in the clear, but residents warned to not be complacent

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District revealed last week the two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in the Hilltops region have now both recovered from the virus.

Closest to Young there is still one active COVID-19 case in the Cootamundra-Gundagai Local Government Area, however the second patient in the area has now recovered as has the one case in the Weddin Shire Council (Grenfell) area.

Despite the positive news, locals are still being urged to do the right thing and continue to social distance and self-isolate by health officials.

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

Out of the 45 COVID-19 cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District a spokesperson said there has been 33 recoveries.

The news for the health district also gets better with reports from MLHD on Monday morning revealing there are currently no hospitalisations due to the virus in the area, where previously there had been five.

As of Monday morning there had still only been one death related to COVID-19 with the sad passing of an Albury resident earlier this month.

MLHD is also urging locals who have symptoms of the virus to come forward and be tested.

Large-scale COVID-19 testing allows health services to quickly identify who has the disease and arrange for them to receive the care needed. Isolating known cases prevents them from coming into contact with others and slows the rate of transmission.

The screening criteria has been broadened to enable more people to be tested for the COVID-19.

Anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus are being urged to call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 for a confidential over the phone assessment. The hotline is available to be called between 7am and 9pm seven days a week.