Far West LHD 24 August COVID-19 update

The Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) reported 15 cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night, bringing the total cases in Far West LHD up to 8pm last night to 43.

Fourteen of today’s new cases are in Wilcannia and one case who was tested in Wilcannia but is currently located in Queensland, and is thus counted in the total LHD numbers.

All of these cases are in isolation and are being contacted regularly by public health staff for health and welfare checks.

Follow up investigations and contact tracing is continuing.

FWLHD is calling on anyone who has been in Wilcannia in recent days to get tested regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

All Far West residents must limit their movements in the community at this time. Anyone in FWLHD who is currently experiencing, or has recently experienced, even mild cold-like symptoms is asked to come forward immediately for testing.

The public are advised of the venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended any of the following venues listed on the specified dates and times are casual contacts (unless they have been contacted by NSW Health as close contacts) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received.

  • Ivanhoe Petrol Station, 26 Columbus Street on Monday, 16 August – 12.40pm to 12.55pm (CST)
  • Wilcannia Roadhouse Grahams Motel on Saturday 14 August – 9am to 9.10am (CST)
  • Woolworths Broken Hill on Saturday 14 August – 11.35am to 11.50am (CST); Wednesday 18 August – 2pm to 4pm (CST); Thursday 19 August – 11.30am to 1pm (CST)
  • Coles Broken Hill on Sunday 15 August – 10.25am to 10.50am (CST)

For a full list of locations, including close and casual contact venues, public transport routes or changes to previously reported venues, visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/nsw-covid-19-case-locations

The FWLHD has increased testing capacity in the District, including in Wilcannia and Broken Hill.

A COVID-19 testing clinic is operating at Wilcannia Oval (entry from Myer Street) from 9am to 4pm daily.

A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic is operating at the Alma Oval in Broken Hill, from 8am to 4pm this week. The Alma Oval clinic can accommodate drive through tests.

A COVID-19 drive through testing clinic is operating at Memorial Oval in Broken Hill from 8am to 5pm, seven days a week. Everyone is asked to enter via Williams Street and exit via Warnock Street (left turn only).

There are more than 460 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.

To find your nearest clinic visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.