Deniliquin Pastoral Times
New case infectious in the community
Three new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Edward River local government area since Tuesday, with one reported to have been infectious in the community.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District confirmed two cases in Wednesday morning’s announcement, and one more on Thursday.
The Wednesday cases are Edward River residents and linked to the known cluster which originated at Murray River local government area before transmission occurred at Deniliquin Hospital.
Another case was confirmed yesterday morning, a household contact of a known case who has been in isolation.
Following the announcement of the outbreak on September 30, most close contacts and cases were identified early and had not been infectious in the community due to contact tracing.
One new venue of concern associated with one of the Wednesday cases was released.
Anyone who visited Coles on Hardinge St, Deniliquin on October 5 between 11.45am and 12.45pm or on October 11 between 2.45pm and 3.45pm is considered a casual contact and is required to get a COVID test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
No new local venues of concern have been announced since.
All three cases have been linked to the Deniliquin cluster, which accounts for a total of ten cases at Edward River LGA, one at Murray River LGA, and one at Berrigan Shire LGA.
As the 70 per cent state-wide reopening measures came into effect on Monday, MLHD chief executive Jill Ludford said continuing the vaccination and testing regime with community support is the best way to reduce major outbreaks.
‘‘We are going to see cases as restrictions start to ease, and the way that we can keep our communities safe is by coming forward for testing,’’ Ms Ludford said.
She warned that remaining unvaccinated will put people at risk of more severe side effects if they contract the virus.
‘‘What we’re seeing with COVID is that the disease is not just a respiratory disease, we’re seeing people with headaches, we’re seeing people with spring hay-fever type symptoms, we’re seeing people with chronic conjunctivitis.
‘‘So if you have any of those symptoms, please come forward for testing,’’ Ms Ludford said.
For testing locations go to www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au, or for help accessing a test call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline 1800 831 099.
An MLHD walk-in Pfizer COVID clinic is operating at Deniliquin Hospital today from 9am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 8.45am to noon.
No bookings are required. Vaccines are also available at all local GP clinics and pharmacies, with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna all available in the community.
To find your nearest available vaccine appointment, visit https://covidvaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.