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COVID-19 update locally from Adam Marshall's desk. Armidale has 5 new cases
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COVID-19 update locally from Adam Marshall’s desk.
This week the Armidale Regional Council local government area (LGA) recorded five (5) new cases of COVID-19.
The COVID-positive persons are from the same family. This development is unsurprising, given what we know about household transmission and the delta variant i.e. typically, when one person contracts COVID in a household/family, everyone else eventually contracts it too.
I am aware a number of locals have received notifications via their Service NSW App about sites visited by one or more of the four COVID-positive individuals, or their close contacts, during a time when they could have been infectious.
If this is you, please monitor for symptoms and get tested.
Drive-through COVID-19 testing has resumed at Armidale with a Laverty Pathology clinic now operational at the Armidale Showground.
The service will be open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 3 pm, with patients able to drive up for testing without an appointment. Entry to the clinic is off Canambe Street, with vehicles departing the Showground onto Kennedy Street.
The Armidale Hospital drive-through testing clinic is now operating with increased hours, 7 days, between 9 am to 3 pm. Bookings are required by phoning 0427 923 080.
There have also been sewage detections in Inverell, Moree, and Uralla this week.
Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received. To find a testing clinic near you, please click here.
The arrival of COVID-19 in our region was always to be expected, with the opening of the economy and end of lockdowns.
It’s important that as soon as sewage detects or a positive case is identified, the community steps up and responds, to prevent any chance of a large-scale outbreak.
From today (Friday, 29 November) NSW residents will now receive a mobile alert through the Service NSW app if they have visited a COVID-19 exposure site.
Instead of the current alert feature, which requires an individual to look back through their check-in history, people would be alerted via a push notification.
Remember, if you have any questions about restrictions or have any COVID-19 related enquiries, please visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website, call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.

SOURCEAdam Marshall
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