Health authorities have moved to restrict the number of visitors at its facilities to help limit coronavirus spread.
The Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) announced late on Friday that only one visitor per patient at any one time would be allowed at all its hospitals and health facilities.
"To help protect the health of our vulnerable and elderly residents as well as our staff, we are appealing to members of the public to stay away from hospitals and aged care facilities if they feel unwell, or have symptoms of cold and flu," Chief executive Margaret Bennet said in a statement.
"We can all play a part in slowing the spread of the virus by reducing contact between people unless absolutely necessary, especially those who may be more vulnerable or susceptible to the illness because of age or weakened immunity.
"We're also asking that patients only invite one visitor at any time and to please avoid bringing children under 12 years of age to our facilities.
"We appreciate the understanding of everyone as we continue to keep our communities safe and healthy during this challenging time."
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat and dry cough. Symptoms will generally appear 3-4 days after exposure to the virus but can be up to 14 days later.
Members of the public are advised to minimise travel, increase personal awareness around hand hygiene and practice social distancing.
Anyone who believes they have may have contracted the COVID-19 virus (ie: who are returned travellers, or who have come in contact with a confirmed case and are showing symptoms: fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath) are advised in the first instance to:
- Call HealthDirect 1800 022 222, where a nurse will triage them over the phone and advise as needed or
- Call the SNSWLHD Central Intake Service 1800 999 880 (option 1), where patients will be triaged and if testing is warranted, will be directed to an assessment centre based on location
- Contact your GP to arrange an appointment and let them know in advance if you have symptoms.
The move comes as the Health District sets up coronavirus testing clinics at Goulburn Base Hospital, Queanbeyan District Hospital, Eurobodalla, Bega and Cooma Health Services.
There were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Southern NSW Health District as of 8pm Thursday, according to NSW Health.