As at 8pm Thursday 26 March there were 3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents of the Northern NSW Local Health District. This brings the District’s total to 25.
The new cases are:
- Case 23 – in home isolation after returning from overseas
- Case 24 – in home isolation, after returning from overseas
- Case 25 – in home isolation, after returning from overseas
The Public Health Unit is following up close contacts of cases who are located within NNSWLHD, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact with the confirmed case.
They will be contacted daily to check that they are well and anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the virus.
If you are considered a close contact of a confirmed case, a Health officer will contact you directly.
The cases for NNSWLHD include:
- 16 overseas acquired cases
- 2 contacts of a confirmed case/ or in a known cluster
- 2 contact not identified
- 5 under investigation – source unknown
Of these previous 22 cases, 19 are currently in self-isolation at home and two are in hospital. One person is considered to have recovered.
COVID-19/flu clinics are established at The Tweed Hospital, Lismore Base Hospital and Grafton Base Hospital, open from 10am to 6pm daily.
These clinics are for those most at risk with respiratory symptoms or fever, those returning from overseas or in contact with a COVID-19 case, or people like our health workers. It is vital that these respiratory clinics are not overwhelmed with people who are not in the high risk groups, which could result in delays identifying those most vulnerable.
People without symptoms do not need to be tested.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, headache, runny nose, or shortness of breath. Anyone with symptoms should isolate themselves from others.
For advice and information about COVID-19 visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Residents of NSW can also call new the 24-hour COVID-19 hotline on 13 77 88 for advice and support on non-health related enquiries.
For health related advice, please continue to liaise with your GP, or phone HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.