The Griffith local government area has still only three confirmed cases of coronavirus as the Murrumbidgee Local Health District confirms the first death of a patient who had contracted the virus in the region, after a 74-year-old woman died in Albury overnight.
In a statement released on Friday morning, MLHD confirmed there was only one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the health district as of 8am on April 3, with the total case count now at 41.
The Griffith local government area still has just three confirmed cases, with the last new confirmed case in the LGA coming in the March 27 update from MLHD.
The new confirmed case was located in the Wagga Wagga LGA, taking the area's tally to 10 cases.
However, the health district has seen its first death due to COVID-19, after a 74-year-old woman who contracted the virus overseas died in Albury on April 2.
"A 74-year old female patient who had acquired COVID-19 overseas has died in Albury overnight," a statement from MLHD read.
A total of 1902 people in the MLHD area have been tested for COVID-19 as of 8am on April 3, with the 41 case count also including a Victorian resident who is isolating in NSW.
Of the 40 NSW cases in the health district, 14 cases have been confirmed in people between the ages of 20 and 29 years, with the 'likely' source of infection for 38 of the 40 cases identified as having been acquired overseas.
Those who are concerned and would like to speak to someone about any symptoms they may be showing are encouraged to contact the MLHD's COVID-19 hotline on 1800 831 099 and speak to a nurse who will provide information about the best course of action.
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 urged to minimise travel, increase personal awareness around hand hygiene and practice social distancing.
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