Far West LHD COVID-19 Update - 5 More Cases
The Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) reported five new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night. The total number of cases reported in the District is now 281 (one in Balranald, 122 in Broken Hill, 152 in Wilcannia, one in Menindee and five in Dareton).
The five new cases are in Dareton. All active cases 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.
Sixteen more cases recovered yesterday (14 in Broken Hill and two in Wilcannia). The District's total number of recovered cases is now 231 (one from Balranald, 85 from Broken Hill and 145 from Wilcannia).
The total number of active cases has reduced to 49 (36 in Broken Hill, seven in Wilcannia, one in Menindee and five in Dareton).
Dareton residents are urged to limit their movements in the community at this time and widespread COVID-19 testing is critical. Anyone currently experiencing, or who has recently experienced, even mild cold-like symptoms is asked to come forward immediately for testing. As there are now positive cases in Dareton, we will move from surveillance testing to regular testing regime in the area.
The District is calling on anyone to get tested if they have even the mildest symptoms. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, headache, or shortness of breath is urged to immediately get tested. Even people with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose should arrange testing as quickly as possible.
Find your nearest testing clinic: COVID-19 testing clinics | NSW Government.
There are a number of casual contact venues confirmed in the Far West LHD. Anyone who attended the following venues listed on the specified dates and times is a casual contact (unless they have been contacted by NSW Health as a close contact) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received.
For a full list of locations, including close and casual contact venues, public transport routes or changes to previously reported venues, visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19/nsw-COVID-19-case-locations
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.
Far West Local Health District continues to urge eligible people to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms). Those aged 12 years and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. People can make bookings via the Commonwealth Government's Vaccine Clinic Finder.