Deniliquin Pastoral Times

‘Testing is critical now’


Border communitie­s are not out of the woods yet, after the Murrumbidg­ee Local Health District reported 51 new COVID-19 cases yesterday.

Two of those are residents of the Edward River local government area.

Another 48 cases are residents of the Albury LGA, with six of these residents of a private care facility.

One case is a resident of the Greater Hume LGA.

‘‘Residents in Albury, Edward River and Greater Hume LGAs are urged to limit their movements in and out of the community at this time, and widespread COVID-19 testing is critical,’’ a statement from MLHD said.

No new venues of concern had been listed in the Murray River and Edward River LGAs when the PASTORAL TIMES went to print yesterday.

Residents of impacted LGAs are being asked to limit their movements and get tested with even the mildest of symptoms and isolate until they receive a negative result.

MLHD has highlighte­d that a significan­t number of current cases are among those aged 12 to 24.

‘‘It is critical those aged 12 and above come forward for vaccinatio­n. Vaccinatio­n is proven to prevent serious illness of COVID-19 and lower the risk of transmissi­on,’’ MLHD said.

‘‘New South Wales Health is working closely with the Department of Education, the early learning sector and private aged care facilities to manage the current COVID19 outbreak in the Albury LGA.’’

Advice to vaccinate, limit movement, and continue practicing COVID-safe rules appeared to be helping stifle the outbreak which began in the Edward River and Murray River local government areas, until yesterday when two new cases were recorded.

MLHD did not disclose whether the new cases were household contacts, or whether the cases had been in isolation during their infectious period.

Yesterday’s cases brings the total in Edward River to 14 cases since the start of its outbreak, while Murray River’s count remains at four.

Of MLHD’s 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday, none were assigned to the Edward River or Murray River local government areas, however one new case was reported in Tuesday’s numbers.

Wednesday’s numbers included 14 residents of the Albury LGA — four of which have been linked to previously known cases, while 10 are under investigat­ion.

Two were residents of the Greater Hume

LGA — one is a household contact of a previously confirmed case and one is under investigat­ion — and one is a resident of the Federation LGA and is under investigat­ion.

Of the 10 cases reported in the MLHD on Tuesday, the one Edward River case was under investigat­ion.

Seven of Tuesday’s cases are residents of the Albury LGA, three of which have been linked to previously known cases and four are under investigat­ion.

MLHD has also sadly reported one death in the Albury LGA on Tuesday, as a result of underlying health conditions.

One case each was attributed to the Greater Hume and Federation LGAs.

Since the start of this current outbreak, there have been 183 cases and two deaths recorded in the MLHD.

These include 120 in Albury LGA, 25 in Hilltops LGA, 14 in Edward River LGA, 12 in the Greater Hume LGA, four in Murray River LGA, three in Federation LGA, two in Wagga Wagga LGA, two in Berrigan LGA and one in Griffith LGA.

Residents in the MLHD catchment have been advised that MLHD will no longer notify venues of concern, rather a state-wide venue tracking process will be regularly updated on the NSW Health website.

For testing, visit, or phone the Murrumbidg­ee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.

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