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COVID testing today at Merimbula, Pambula and Bega...all NSW residents returning from anywhere in Victoria must quarantine for 14 days

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Southern NSW Local Health District has established COVID-19 Testing Centres and temporary pop-up clinics throughout the District, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly.

A NSW Health spokeswoman says a pop-up clinic will operate in Merimbula from today (Wednesday, 8 July 2020) at Club Sapphire Merimbula, while the testing hours have also been extended at the drivethrough clinic at South East Regional Hospital (SERH) Bega, and also at the Pambula Hospital. For more information go to www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au

Anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, is urged to self-isolate and seek testing. If you’re unwell – call the Southern NSW helpline 1800 999 880 (option 1) to speak to a registered nurse and to book a free COVID-19 test today.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and regularly wash their hands.

A reminder, the NSW HotSpot Order has been extended to residents from Greater Melbourne. This means they can only enter NSW for very limited reasons, such as obtaining medical care, or fulfilling a legal obligation. The border between NSW and Victoria has been closed from 12.01am Wednesday, 8 July.

The requirement for NSW residents returning from Melbourne hotspots to self-isolate for 14 days will then be extended to anyone returning from Victoria. Heavy penalties and fines apply.

For details of the July 7 NSW Hotspot Order go to this link: https://gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2020_2020-148.pdf

For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx