A second case of coronavirus has arisen in Goulburn, the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed.
It adds to one case which health authorities identified over the weekend, involving an ACT resident. A spokesman said he was visiting the area at the time when he felt unwell and presented for testing.
Details of the second person's movements are unclear at this stage. A total 137 tests have been conducted in Goulburn.
Upper Lachlan Shire and Palerang Shire are so far free of incidents, as are Queanbeyan and Yass
A total of 10 cases of COVID-19 have been formally identified in the Health District as of 9am March 24, with 764 people tested.
The announcement follows recent tests which were verified in the last 48 hours.
A spokesman said SNSWLHD Public Health Unit was in contact with each confirmed case and their close contacts, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days from when they were last with the confirmed case. They have also been advised to seek medical attention should they experience symptoms.
"Identifying close contacts ensures that those people who may be at risk take the necessary steps to avoid any further transmission," the spokesman said.
"It is essential that everyone plays a part in containing the spread of COVID-19 by practising good hygiene measures including:
- Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- .Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick."
Southern NSW Local Health District has established COVID-19 Assessment Centres throughout the District, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly. Goulburn Base Hospital and Queanbeyan District Hospital are among them.
"The purpose of these clinics is for people who have respiratory symptoms or fever and who are at risk of COVID-19, for example because they were in contact with a COVID-19 case, or have returned from overseas in the 14 days before onset of symptoms," the spokesman said.
Anyone heading to an assessment centre must call the SNSWLHD Central Intake Service - 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending.
You will ONLY be tested if you fit the COVID-19 testing criteria.
This testing can take up to two days to complete and report back.
For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx