The MLHD have announced three venues of concern in Murrumburrah-Harden after a person who tested positive for COVID-19 stayed in the area for one night between September 3 and September 5.
The latest exposure comes just one day after venues of concern were identified in Henty and Coolac and two positive COVID-19 cases were recorded in Balranald.
Close and casual contact at accommodation venue The Light Horse Hotel, have been identified and notified, with contact tracing identifying two new venues of concern in the area.
Anyone who attended the Harden IGA at 45 Neil Street between 4:45pm - 5:15pm on Friday, September 3 is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
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Anyone who visited South West Fuel at 294 Albury Street between 6:10am - 6:45am on Saturday, September 4 is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
All casual contacts are urged to continue to monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and isolate if they develop.
The visiting person is an essential worker who undergoes regular routine testing. They are now isolating outside of the MLHD.
SMS messages will be sent to people who were at the venues at these times and checked in with a QR code.
The MLHD commended the venues on their cooperation and COVID-19 business safety plans which helped minimise the risk to customers and staff.
In a statement shared on social media, the Light Horse Hotel confirmed they are temporarily closing all takeaway and accommodation services while close contacts isolate awaiting test results.
"We understand there is some angst in our local community around news of a COVID - positive visitor who was staying with us recently," the statement read. "You are all a part of our Light Horse Hotel family and it is important to us all that we be as open and transparent in order to address any community concerns.
"Unfortunately while we have had a COVID - positive case staying in the accommodation section of our pub, all close contacts who were working or staying at the pub have been already notified and we will be following all advice provided by NSW Health.
As a result, we will be unable to continue providing takeaway at this time while our team self isolates as a safety precaution. The pub will also be undergoing a deep clean as a safety precaution and we hope to see you all again soon as it is safe to do so."
Any resident of Murrumburrah - Harden or person who has recently visited Murrumburrah - Harden is being asked to get tested if they have even the mildest of symptoms, and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Testing will be available at the following venues without appointment:
- Murrumburrah-Harden Hospital: 12.00pm - 4.00pm Monday, September 6 and 10.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday, September 7
- Young District Hospital: 12.00pm - 4.00pm Monday, September 6 and 10.00am - 2.00pm Tuesday September 7
The MLHD will also deploy their mobile COVID-19 Testing Clinic to enable anyone who is a casual contact, or any community member who has symptoms or is concerned, to come forward for testing.
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.
Meanwhile, leaders continue to urge the community to get vaccinated as the region awaits a decision on the end or extension of the regional lockdown on September 10.
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