Residents who contract COVID-19 in the Southern Highlands will be transferred to other hospitals in the NSW Health Network if they require specialist care.
A South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) spokesperson confirmed that patients would be transferred to Liverpool, Campbelltown or Wollongong if they required specialised care for COVID-19.
"NSW Health has an integrated health system and Local Health Districts and hospitals work together to ensure the optimal delivery of healthcare services, including the care of COVID-19 patients," they said.
"Bowral and District Hospital continues to meet the health care needs of the community during the pandemic and provides a wide range of acute and sub-acute services."
The SWSLHD spokesperson also confirmed that seven new cases were reported in the Wingecarribee Shire between Saturday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 15.
"These cases involve several households and are not linked," they said.
The total number of new cases did not include the previously reported case which was reassigned to the Wingecarribee local government area overnight.
Currently, there are 21 active cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Highlands, of which 17 cases have no known source.
The reassigned case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 24 since the second wave outbreak began in June 2021.
According to the NSW Health website, there are 10 active cases in the 2575 postcode, three active cases in the 2576 postcode and one active case in 2579.
The reassigned case has a 2579 postcode according to data on the NSW Health website. The map has not recently been updated to reflect the reassigned case.
Four venues across the Southern Highlands were added to the venues of concern list.
It was also confirmed that Woolworths Bowral was deep cleaned after a customer with COVID-19 visited.
Anyone who visited Bunnings Mittagong on Thursday, September 9 between 2:20 pm to 2:40 pm is required to get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative test result is returned.
Anyone who visited Liquorland Bowral on Monday, September 13 between 10 am and 10:06 am is required to get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative test is returned.
Anyone who visited Priceline Bowral on Monday, September 13 between 10 am and 10:03 am is required to get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative test is returned.
Anyone who visited Home No.9 Thai Cuisine by Bangkok House on Thursday, September 9 between 7:30 and 7:40 pm is required to get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative test is returned.
Anyone who visited Woolworths Bowral on September 10 between 5.18-5.30pm and 6.30-6.35pm and on September 12 between 5.30-6 pm should get tested and self isolate until a negative test is returned.
Fragments of COVID-19 continue to be detected in the Bowral and Mittagong sewage treatment plants.
Across NSW, 1284 people tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 155,000 people were tested in the 24 hours up until September 16, 8 pm.
South Western Sydney Local Health District has urged residents across the Highlands to remain vigilant against the Delta strain of Covid-19 and to get tested at the onset of even the mildest symptoms. High rates of testing are critical to detecting transmission and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the community.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away - don't delay.
- Wash your hands regularly and take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
- Keep your distance and leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask at all times when outside your home, except when exercising.
There are two Covid-19 testing locations in the Southern Highlands.
- Bowral and District Hospital. Open 8:30 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. Appointments are not required. Entry is from Ascot Road.
- Mittagong Respiratory Clinic. Open 8 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. Appointments required, call 4800 9032. The clinic is located in the lower level of Mittagong Health Care Centre.
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