The Riverina's COVID-19 tally continues to climb with eight more cases officially listed.
NSW's chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant announced that four people had died and 399 new locally-acquired cases were recorded in the Friday statewide update.
Dr Chant also singled out West Wyalong as a location where COVID-19 has yet again been detected in sewage surveillance.
NSW Health data shows eight of the 399 new detections were found in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District [MLHD] in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
They include four previously-announced confirmed positives listed by the MLHD, in the Albury and Greater Hume local government areas [LGAs].
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Six of the eight are Albury residents, the MLHD confirmed on Friday.
"Three are household contacts of a previously confirmed case and three remain under investigation," the authority said.
"As released yesterday, one case is a resident of the Greater Hume LGA and remains under investigation.
"One case is a resident of the Murray River LGA and remains under investigation."
The community was warned that cases are expected to rise after it emerged two of the Albury patients had visited a popular bar on Friday night. One person had been infectious while in the community for several days, MLHD's director of public health Tracey Oakman said.
"In all honestly there's probably going to be more cases as well, so please be vigilant everyone," she said.
A school and a child care centre have closed and a raft of exposure sites associated with the six cases that emerged on Thursday has since been listed.
The sites and times are:
- Zed Bar, Dean Street - 5.30pm to 11.15pm, Friday, October 8
- Bonds Albury, Westend Plaza, Kiewa Street - 1pm to 1.25pm, Sunday, October 10
- Jamaica Blue, Myer Centrepoint, 25/525 David Street, Albury - 12.50pm to 1.50pm Sunday, October 10
- Kmart, Townsend Street, Albury - 12.45pm to 1.50pm Sunday, October 10
- Platypus, West End Plaze, Kiewa Street, Albury - 1.25pm to 1.40pm Sunday, October 10
- Kinross Woolshed, Kinross Court, Thurgoona - 5.15pm to 7.55pm Sunday, October 10
- Coles Lavington, Griffith Road and Urana Road - 1pm to 1.15pm, Monday, October 11
- Woolworths Lavington, Griffith Road - 9am to 9.30am, Tuesday, October 12
The Moama Bowling Club is also a casual contact venue between noon and 3.30pm on Sunday, linked to a positive case in Victoria.
The Royal Hotel at Barham is under assessment and close contacts will be notified by NSW Health. The relevant times are between 10.15am and 2.45pm on October 9 and October 10.
The West Wyalong sewage detection is the third to be made in the last 10 days, with positive results found in samples taken October 5 and again on Monday and Wednesday.
Identical results were found in wastewater at Jerilderie and Lake Cargelligo, it was announced on Thursday
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A positive result in surveillance testing was also found at the Wagga treatment plant in a sample collected on Monday, and has been attributed to the presence of COVID-19 patients at Wagga Base Hospital.
Anyone with the slightest of symptoms is urged 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.
Testing is available in the following locations:
- Albury: Dorevitch Pathology, Lavington Hall, corner Urana Road and Hague Street, 9am to 5pm daily
- Albury: Douglass Hanly Moir clinic, Albury Showgrounds, entry via Fallon Street, 8am to 1pm Monday to Saturday
- Wagga Equex Centre drive-thru clinic (entry via Copland Street), open 7 days from 1pm to 6pm, no appointment necessary.
- Wagga Laverty Pathology drive-through site, Riverina Playhouse car park, Tarcutta Street via Cross Street, 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm Friday, 8am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday
- Wagga Murray Street clinic, 84 - 86 Murray Street (between the pharmacy and the Australian Red Cross), open 7 days from 9am to 6pm, no appointment necessary
Further testing locations can be found at mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au or by calling the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 hotline on 1800 831 099.
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