Coronavirus, COVID-19: Bathurst and Orange cases confirmed

NEW CASES: Health authorities have confirmed two new coronavirus cases in the region. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
NEW CASES: Health authorities have confirmed two new coronavirus cases in the region. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

BATHURST has had its first confirmed coronavirus case with a man in his 30s at home in self-isolation.

Health authorities said another COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Orange, this was for a male who is also in his 30s.

This brings the total number of cases in the Western NSW Local Health District to five after three other Orange cases were diagnosed recently.

A WNSWLHD spokeswoman said both new cases were confirmed on Wednesday and the Bathurst man had recently returned from overseas and was isolated on commencement of symptoms.

The Orange male was identified as a contact of a confirmed case and, on commencement of symptoms, was isolated immediately.

"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," the spokeswoman said.

"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.

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