An aged care resident has died in the COVID-19 outbreak within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
The man, who was unvaccinated and aged in his 90s, contracted the virus at Mercy Place in Albury.
It is the first death linked to an outbreak at the facility, NSW Health confirmed on Wednesday.
He is among the seven reported lives lost to COVID-19 in the state in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday. Just over 280 new cases were detected across NSW in the same timeframe.
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The MLHD has recorded 17 new cases of the virus, the majority of which are residents of the Albury local government area [LGA].
Four of the 14 fresh Albury cases are linked to known cases, with investigations ongoing into the remaining 10.
The Greater Hume LGA has two new COVID patients, one of which is a household contact of a previously-confirmed case and the other is being investigated.
The region's remaining new case resides in the Federation LGA.
There has now been 132 cases and two deaths in the MLHD since the start of the current outbreak.
TAFE NSW confirmed its Albury campus closed for deep cleaning earlier in the week after a positive case attended the site.
"TAFE NSW notified anyone who may have had potential exposure, advising that they should get tested, self-isolate and monitor for symptoms," the spokeswoman told The Border Mail.
Sewage surveillance has also returned positive tests in Wagga's Kooringal catchment, NSW Health said, as well as at Jerilderie. There are no known cases outside hospital settings in the city.
The interstate, trans-Tasman situation
The MLHD has renewed calls for residents to come forward for testing for even the slightest of symptoms.
An Albury eye clinic has been added to a raft of exposure sites in the wake of new cases. Anyone who was at the clinic at 1/669 Dean Street on October 11 between 3.15pm and 4.30pm is considered a casual contact, must seek a COVID-19 test and isolate until a negative result is received.
Meanwhile, cross-border travel between NSW and Victoria has eased significantly for people in the northern state who are fully-vaccinated.
Regional NSW is now classified as green zones and vaccinated people from there will simply require a permit to enter Victoria.
People coming into NSW from Victoria have to stay at home for 14 days but can leave home for essentials like food, exercise, medical care or work or study if they can't do that at home.
The following sites have been listed as venues of concern this week. Some had been previously identified, however new timeframes have emerged.
Albury Eye Clinic, 1/669 Dean Street
- October 11: 3.15pm to 4.30pm
APCO, 997 Mate Street
- October 16: 10am to 11.30am
Bunnings, corner Borella Road and Drome Street
- October 14: 2.10pm to 1pm
- October 11: 1pm to 8.45pm
Chemist Warehouse, 483 Olive Street
- October 16: 10.30am to 6.30pm
Connor Albury, West End Plaza
- October 14: 2.15pm to 2.15pm
Dan Murphy's, 428-432 Dean Street
- October 14: 7.10pm to 2pm
- October 10: 12.40pm to 1pm
Service NSW, 520 Smollett Street
- October 13: 2.45pm to 9.15pm
Services Australia (Centrelink), 430 Wilson Street
- October 13: 10.30am to 1.45pm
The Proprietor, 459 Townsend Street
- October 14: 10.30am to 11.15am
Albury Waste Management Centre, 565 Mudge Street
- October 15: 8.25am to 2.50pm
Coles, Griffith Road and Urana Road
- October 14: 10.25am to 4pm
- October 11: 1pm to 1.15pm
- October 10: 8.15pm to 9.15pm
Mayo's Chemmart Pharmacy, 3/330 Urana Road
- October 11: 1pm to 7.40pm
Woolworths, 337-363 Griffith Road
- October 13: 10.55am to 12pm
- October 12: 9am to 9.30am, 11am to 11pm, 9.10 to 9.53pm
Australia Post, 35 Murray Street
- October 12: 10.45am to 11.15am
Barham Hotel Bottle Shop, 34 Murray Street
- October 8: 6.15pm to 12.15pm
IGA Barham, 33 Murray Street
- October 12: 10am to 2.30pm
- October 11: 9.30am to 11.10am
- October 9: 1.45pm to 5.05pm
- October 7: 10.45am to 2.45pm
Mellool Street Footwear
- October 12: 1.30pm to 3.35pm
Royal Hotel Barham
- October 13: 6.15pm to 5.20pm
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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