Far West LHD COVID-19 Update - 3 More Cases
There were three new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Far West Local Health District up to 8pm last night. The LHD continues to urge the community to get vaccinated and to seek testing if experiencing even the mildest of symptoms.
Two of the cases are in Menindee and one is in Broken Hill. All three are household contacts. All active cases in the LHD are in isolation and are being contacted regularly by NSW Health staff for health and welfare checks. Follow up investigations and contact tracing are continuing.
One case recovered in Ivanhoe yesterday. The District's total number of recovered cases is 325 (152 from Wilcannia, 129 from Broken Hill, 39 from Wentworth LGA, three from Balranald, one from Menindee and one in Ivanhoe).
The total number of active cases is 31 (10 in Broken Hill, four in Menindee and 17 in Ivanhoe).
Anyone currently experiencing or who has recently experienced even mild cold-like symptoms is asked to come forward immediately for testing. It's important that you isolate after your test until you get a negative result if you have symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches or pains, and a change in taste or smell.
Surveillance testing has been implemented across the Far West Local Health District to encourage more people to get tested. Surveillance testing is the same as normal COVID-19 testing but there is no requirement to self-isolate while awaiting the test results, provided the person tested has no symptoms, and is not a close or casual contact of a confirmed case and everyone at home is well. Anyone with symptoms must still isolate until they receive a negative result.
Find your nearest testing clinic here: COVID-19 testing clinics | NSW Government.
Sewage surveillance testing has detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 in samples taken at Broken Hill (16 November), South Broken Hill (16 November), and Dareton (16 November). Residents are urged to be vigilant for symptoms and come forward for testing. No traces of the virus were detected in sewage samples in Wilcannia (16 November), Wentworth (16 November), Buronga (16 November) and Balranald (15 November).
Those aged 12 years and above are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Far West LHD continues to urge the community to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms). People who were not vaccinated at the time of contracting the virus are also eligible to be vaccinated as soon as they have recovered.
NSW Health state-run clinics are now offering a booster dose, using the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, to individuals aged 18 and over. This booster shot will help people maintain a high level of protection against the COVID-19 virus, including the Delta variant. People aged 18 years and older may receive a booster at least six months after receiving their second dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines registered for use in Australia.
Anyone in the community with COVID-19 who is isolating at home is reminded they should call the public health unit on +61 1300 066 055 if they have any health concerns. Please call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, including a deterioration in symptoms.