As at 8.30am Wednesday, 25 March there were 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).
Of these cases, one patient is being cared for in Wollongong Hospital and one patient in Shoalhaven Hospital.
Health staff continue to undertake daily wellness checks with all confirmed cases in the District.
The ISLHD Public Health Unit is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact. They will be contacted every day to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.
As has been occurring since the outbreak of COVID-19, and in line with national protocols, NSW Health promptly notifies the public of any locations, including on public transport, where there has been a risk of infection. This is so members of the public can monitor their symptoms and seek medical assistance if they become unwell.
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts are either being treated in hospital or are in self-isolation to ensure there is no ongoing risk of infection to others in the community.
Locations where these cases live, work or have visited do not pose any ongoing risk to the public. Publishing private details, such as the location of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, is a breach of patient privacy and serves no public health benefit.
All travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms. Please follow the home isolation guidance.
NSW Health is continuing to trace and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread of COVID-19 in the community.
We encourage everyone to play their part in containing the spread of COVID-19:
- clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
- cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
- avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- stay home if you are sick
- keep your distance from others as much as possible by social distancing