21 July 2022

Cootamundra Hospital ED remains open despite COVID-19 outbreak

| Chris Roe
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Cootamundra Hospital. Photo: Mattinbgn

Murrumbidgee Local Health District has released a statement explaining that they are managing a COVID-19 outbreak at Cootamundra Hospital.

The emergency department and outpatient services remain open with appropriate infection control measures in place to keep patients and staff safe.

According to the media release, “Cootamundra Hospital is well prepared and is following NSW Health guidelines and procedures.”

To minimise the risk of transmission visitor access will be restricted for the coming days with staff assisting patients to make phone and video calls to family and friends.

Anyone entering the hospital will be asked questions and screened for COVID-19 risk.

Murrumbidgee LHD also confirmed that eligible patients are receiving antiviral medication to reduce the symptoms of their illness.

Staffing numbers have also been increased and compassionate visiting for palliative and paediatric patients is being managed by hospital staff.

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According to the latest numbers 438 positive tests have been registered within the Murrumbidgee LHD with 2205 cases in the last 4 weeks.

NSW Health has been warning of third wave as more easily transmitted new variants take hold and immunity from vaccines begins to wain.

Cases have surged to over 12,000 a day which is more than double the number reported this time last month.

Deaths have also increased.

While the State government has resisted mandating masks in public areas, they are strongly recommending people continue wearing them as case numbers spike.

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