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Positive Covid case linked to Batemans Bay High School

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed TWO new reported cases of

COVID-19 attributed to the District in the last 24 hours @ 1500, Monday 10 August, 2020.

NSW Health’s daily COVID 19 update is released here.

The two new cases are known close of contacts of a recently identified case in Batemans

Bay. One of the positive cases is linked to Batemans Bay High School. All students will be expected to complete at-home learning while contact tracing is completed and the school undergoes deep cleaning.

All staff and students at the school have been asked to isolate while contact tracing occurs.

NSW Health has asked that anyone that feels unwell or displays flu-like symptoms to get tested at one of the COVID-19 testing sites. Batemans Bay High School have posted: We wish to advise that Batemans Bay High School will be non-operational for on-site learning tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August 2020. All students will undertake at home learning tomorrow. The department has been advised by NSW Health that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.  The school will be non-operational tomorrow for the on-site attendance of staff and students to allow time for the school to complete the contact tracing process and have the school cleaned.  All staff and students are asked to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs. The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times. As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to. Southern NSW Local Health District has stepped up testing throughout the Eurobodalla, with the Batemans Bay Hanging Rock COVID-19 Pop-up Clinic (near the Marine Rescue

Building), open from 9:00am to 5:00pm until Sunday.

Meanwhile COVID-19 testing is continuing at Moruya Hospital (Moruya Pathways building,

right hand side of the hospital) daily, 9:00am to 5:00pm. The positive results serve as a timely reminder that locals and visitors to the region need to

remain vigilant regarding social distancing, hygiene and the need to isolate and get tested if the need arises.

Isolation is mandatory for anyone identified as a close contact (not a casual contact) of a

case. Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for

the full time, even if they test negative.

Early testing may not detect an infection, and release from self-isolation based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect others in the community. Most people who are infected and develop symptoms will do so within 14 days of exposure.

SNSWLHD is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a

runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness,

loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-

19 testing, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

There is no longer a requirement to schedule appointments at most of the District’s COVID-

19 testing sites. Callers to the SNSWLHD 1800 999 880 COVID line will be provided with

information on testing eligibility and clinic times and locations.

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