Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed that currently the mountains are not a “hotspot”. No cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Perisher or Thredbo to date. The District praises the local communities and visitors which have turned out for COVID-19 testing, with strong testing numbers being recorded across the region.
NSW Health has recently started an experimental program to test sewage for traces of COVID-19 across the state including Perisher and Thredbo. At the time of writing, the Thredbo sewage treatment work returned a negative result for the presence of COVID-19, however samples collected at the Perisher sewage treatment plant on Wednesday 22 July 2020 returned a positive result. Further sampling and analysis is required to assess the significance of this initial positive result. It is important to note that the positive test result is not straightforward to interpret, as shedding of SARS-CoV-2 virus by COVID-19 infected individuals can continue for up to four weeks after illness. The result does not necessarily indicate that an infectious person is/was present in the region. It is possible that a person who was previously infectious has visited the area while still shedding the virus.
It remains essential that everyone maintains social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of spread between people. People can unwittingly pass COVID-19 to others if they are incubating the virus or have very mild symptoms. 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.
COVID-19 Testing is available by appointment at the following testing clinics (For enquiries and appointment call 1800 999 880 – Option 2):
– Jindabyne HealthOne – Drive thru clinic – 5 Thredbo Terrace, Jindabyne – Open daily 9am – 5pm
– Perisher Valley – NSW National Parks Building, Perisher Valley – Open Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30am – 2pm
– Thredbo – Captain Coachman Room, Friday Drive – Open Tues & Thurs 9.30am – 2pm
For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx