A Riverina resident has lost their battle with COVID-19 and even more cases have emerged in the region.
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District [MLHD] confirmed a resident of the Albury local government area [LGA] with underlying health conditions succumbed to the virus prior to 8pm on Monday.
"Murrumbidgee Local Health District extends our sincere condolences to the person's family and loved ones, and the whole Albury community," the authority said on Tuesday morning.
Another 10 cases of the virus were detected in the MLHD for the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, with the region's tally of the Delta outbreak now standing at 115.
NSW's chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant announced 273 cases for the state, with the first dose vaccination rate passing 92 per cent, and 80.8 percent of people over 16 are now fully-vaccinated.
A sobering 18 new exposure sites in several southern Riverina communities have also been listed by NSW Health.
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Seven of the newly-diagnosed COVID patients are Albury residents, with three linked to known cases and four still being investigated.
Further inquiries are being carried out after a resident in both of each the Federation and Edward Riverina LGAs were found to have the virus.
The remaining case - a resident of the Greater Hume area - is a household contact of a previously-announced case.
It comes after 45 new cases were detected in the region in the three days prior.
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The strong message from the health authority is to get tested, seek a vaccination and for four of the region's council areas, to stay close to home.
"Residents in Albury, Edward River, Greater Hume and Murray River LGAs are urged to limit their movements in and out of the community at this time and widespread COVID-19 testing is critical," the MLHD said.
A raft of casual contact exposure sites for Albury, Lavington and Barham has emerged alongside recent cases.
The following sites were listed on Tuesday morning. Some had been previously identified, however new timeframes have emerged.
APCO, 997 Mate Street
Bunnings, corner Borella Road and Drome Street
Chemist Warehouse, 483 Olive Street
Connor Albury, West End Plaza
Dan Murphy's, 428-432 Dean Street
Service NSW, 520 Smollett Street
Services Australia (Centrelink), 430 Wilson Street
The Proprietor, 459 Townsend Street
Albury Waste Management Centre, 565 Mudge Street
Coles, Griffith Road and Urana Road
Mayo's Chemmart Pharmacy, 3/330 Urana Road
Woolworths, 337-363 Griffith Road
Australia Post, 35 Murray Street
Barham Hotel Bottle Shop, 34 Murray Street
IGA Barham, 33 Murray Street
Mellool Street Footwear
Royal Hotel Barham
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 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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