Two new COVID-19 exposure sites have been listed in the Riverina after an essential worker from Victoria visited two service stations.
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has revealed a person who tested positive for COVID-19 travelled through the district and stopped in Henty on August 26 and Coolac on August 31 while potentially infectious.
The person is an essential worker from Victoria who undergoes regular routine testing. They are now isolating outside the MLHD.
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In Henty, anyone who visited the Shell petrol station between 4.45pm and 4.50pm on August 26 is considered a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
Anyone who visited the Mobil Highway Service Centre at Coolac between 4.30pm and 5.00pm on August 31 is also considered a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
Ravi Pantam, the manager of the Henty Shell, said he was contacted by NSW Health late on Saturday evening and notified of the exposure.
"NSW Health told me the person was there for a couple of minutes inside the store [on August 26]," Mr Pantam said.
"Luckily over the last 10 days no one has reported any symptoms and everyone seems to be fine but we're still a bit nervous."
The one staff member who was on shift during the listed time has been tested and is self-isolating while they wait for their result.
Mr Pantam said the service station was fairly quiet during the exposure period with only four customers believed to have been present, and that the business had been adhering to strict COVID safety measures.
"Luckily there weren't many people inside, that is a good thing," he said.
In a statement, the MLHD commended both venues for their compliance.
"We thank the venues for their cooperation," it said.
"They both had COVID-19 business safety plans in place which has helped to minimise the risk to customers and staff."
SMS messages will be sent to people who were at the venues at the times and checked in with a QR codes.
Anyone who lives in, or has recently visited, Henty or Coolac is being asked to get tested if they have even the mildest of symptoms, and to isolate until they receive a negative result.
The MLHD said a mobile COVID-19 testing clinic will be deployed to enable casual contacts and symptomatic members of the community to come forward for testing.
Testing will be available at the following locations without the need for an appointment:
- Henty: Multipurpose Service (Hospital) between 10.00am - 2.00pm on Monday, September 6
- Gundagai: Gundagai Multipurpose Service (Hospital) 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday, September 6
- Cootamundra: Cootamundra Hospital 11:00am 1:00pm, Monday 6 September
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of taste or smell.
Other symptoms include fatigue, acute blocked nose (congestion), muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis.
Additional testing locations can be found at mlhd.nsw.gov.au. For help accessing a test, call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.
The exposure site announcement came after it was revealed yesterday two COVID-19 cases were under investigation in the western Riverina. The two cases were reported in Balranald and fall under the jurisdiction of the Far West Local Health District, not the MLHD.
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