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COVID-19 update – 11 November 2020

11 November 2020

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New cases in CESPHN region

While there are no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the region this week there are still locally acquired cases of COVID-19 being identified in South Western Sydney. Everyone is urged to remain vigilant and not become complacent. We need to continue to test, isolate, maintain physical distancing and maintain good hygiene practices. 

Sewage Surveillance Research Program

The NSW Sewage Surveillance Research Program tests untreated sewage for fragments of the COVID-19 virus at more than 60 sewage treatment plants across NSW to provide data to support NSW Health’s COVID-19 response. Testing sewage can help provide early warning of an increase in infections in an area, and potentially give an estimate of undetected infections in the community.  For more information see here.

Check NSW Health website for further details.

Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 including fever (≥37.5), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), runny nose loss of smell and loss of taste must be tested and self-isolate while awaiting results.

Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

For an updated list of testing options in the Central and Eastern Sydney area please go to testing clinic hours and locations. For all testing clinics in NSW, please see https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics

Recent changes include:  

Changes to Kirketon Road Centre mobile respiratory clinic operating hours on Tuesdays

Hurstville Community Health Centre’s clinic is now only open 9am – 4pm weekdays.

Ordering masks

To request masks for your practice please complete the Mask Request form on our CESPHN coronavirus web page.  Masks are available for general practices, community pharmacies and certain high risk allied health practices where practices are unable to source their own supplies.