Two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Griffith local government area as the Murrumbidgee Local Health District report seven new cases across the health district.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, MLHD announced the health district has a total of 20 confirmed cases as of 8am on March 27, with the tally in the Griffith area now sitting at three confirmed cases.
The Albury local government area also saw two new cases confirmed, bringing their total up to six cases, with two new cases in the Federation LGA and one new case in Wagga since the health district's last update on Thursday.
"All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case," a statement from MLHD read.
"Patients who have experienced mild to moderate symptoms are in self-isolation to ensure they do not transmit the virus.
"They are being managed at home with the support of their GP and a daily check up with local health services."
MLHD are in the process of contact tracing the movements of the confirmed cases to identify close contacts.
Where individuals are identified as close contacts, MLHD's Public Health Unit tells the contacts they must isolate themselves for 14 days after they were last in contact with the case, with a daily check-up process set up to monitor their health via SMS.
If not all contacts can be identified after a person has spent time in a particular location an alert would be issued to warn people who may have been in that location at the same time as the case.
The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically five to six days, although it may range from two to 14 days.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat and dry cough.
Members of the public are advised to minimise travel, increase personal awareness around hand hygiene and practice social distancing.
Those who are concerned they may have contracted the disease are advised to call HealthDirect on 1800 022 222 or the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099, where patients will be triaged and if testing is warranted, will be booked into an appointment based on location or contact your GP to arrange an appointment, letting them know in advance if you have symptoms.
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