COVID-19 infections have risen into the double-digits once again across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) after two days of relatively low case numbers.
On Thursday the MLHD reported 12 new cases of the virus, including three in the Wagga local government area (LGA).
The majority of cases come from the Griffith LGA with five infections reported, and three cases were also diagnosed in the Albury LGA.
A single case was reported in the Murray River LGA.
Currently 98 per cent of MLHD residents over 16 have had their first dose of a COVID vaccine, and 94.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, 84.2 per cent of those aged 12-15 in the MLHD have had their first dose and 74.4 per cent are double-dosed.
On Wednesday there were no new cases of COVID-19 in Wagga, with single cases recorded in the Snowy Valleys and Griffith LGAs. Just four cases were recorded across the district the day prior on Tuesday, including three in Wagga and one in Griffith.
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The MLHD says the "vast majority" of COVID-19 patients across the district are being cared for via the hospital in the home program, with no patients currently in the ICU.
NSW Health will be contacting people diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts directly, as well as those who need to follow specific health advice.
"If you receive a message from NSW Health, it is important that you follow the advice in that message," an MLHD spokesperson said.
Statewide, cases have increased again with 276 infections recorded on Thursday - up from 248 on Wednesday, and 173 on Tuesday.
No COVID-related deaths were reported on Thursday, with 92.1 per cent of NSW residents over 16 now fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, 94.4 per cent have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccinations can be booked at more than 100 providers across the Riverina by using healthdirect.gov.au.
Testing hours at MLHD clinics in Wagga will be changed on Friday and resume normal hours from Saturday. Tomorrow, the drive-through clinic at Wagga Showground will be open from 9am to 12pm, while the Murray Street clinic will be open from 10am to 6pm.
The regular hours for testing at Murray Street is between 9am and 4pm daily or the drive-through site at Wagga Showground until 6pm daily. Testing is also available at Laverty Pathology's drive-through site in the Riverina Playhouse car park off Tarcutta and Cross streets from 8am daily, and at the GP-led respiratory clinic at Glenrock in Glenfield Park between 9am and 5pm weekdays.
"Anyone currently experiencing, or who has recently experienced, even mild cold-like symptoms is asked to come forward for testing," an MLHD spokesperson said.
"If you have any symptoms it is important that you isolate until you can be tested and until you get a negative result.
"Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches or pains, and a change in taste or smell."
For further testing locations across the district go to www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au, or for help accessing a test call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.
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