Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has advised the community that two cases of COVID-19 confirmed on 17 March 2020 are currently well and in home isolation. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the WNSWLHD to five.
These two cases are:
• A male from Orange in his 30s who is doing well in home isolation. This male was identified as a contact of a confirmed case and, on commencement of symptoms, was isolated immediately.
• A male from Bathurst in his 30s who is doing well in home isolation. This male recently returned from overseas and was isolated on commencement of symptoms.
WNSWLHD Public Health Unit has contacted all close contacts of the two new cases and advised them to self-isolate for 14 days from when they were last with the confirmed case. They have also been advised to seek medical attention should they experience symptoms.
Identifying close contacts ensures that those people who may be at risk take the necessary steps to avoid any further transmission.
COVID-19 testing is currently available for people who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 and who have also either travelled overseas within the last 14 days, or had contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
It is essential that everyone plays a part in containing the spread of COVID-19 by practising good hygiene measures including:
• Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Stay home if you are sick.
People should also practise social distancing, which aims to reduce potential for transmission. Social distancing includes:
• avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
• avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
• attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible, for example when they are out and about in public place.
• avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
• avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment
The public are encouraged to continue to monitor the NSW Health website
for updated health information. This includes the Clinical Excellence Commission’s updated COVID-19 infection control guidelines.