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Six new COVID cases in Eurobodalla

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The Eurobodalla has recorded six new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of the new cases there were two each in Narooma and Moruya, along with one each in Woodlands and Batehaven.

They were among 39 new cases for the Southern NSW Local Health District, including 21 in the Queanbeyan Palerang local government area, one in Yass Valley, one in the Upper Lachlan, six in Goulburn Mulwaree and four in the Snowy Monaro.

Across the state there were 11,201 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 154,002.

There are 625 COVID-19 patients admitted to the state's hospitals, with 61 people in intensive care, 23 of whom require ventilation.

NSW Health says testing capacity in the state is under enormous pressure and the only people getting a PCR test should be those who have COVID-19 symptoms, live in a household with a confirmed COVID-19-positive case, or who have been in a venue which NSW Health has advised there has been high transmission. 

This applies to people who are fully or partially vaccinated, as well as those not vaccinated.

In recent weeks, NSW Health has changed its approach to contact tracing for the growing number of people in the community exposed to cases of COVID-19.

NSW Health is prioritising households of cases and settings with vulnerable people where COVID-19 cases may have visited or worked.

People who have been confirmed as COVID-19 cases are asked to tell those they have recently spent time with that they have tested positive.

Most people who become aware that they been exposed to a person with COVID-19 will be advised of this by their friends, colleagues and social networks. 

NSW Health will only contact with a small number of exposed people to direct them into self-isolation under the public health order.

Most people who have spent time with a person with COVID-19 in an indoor setting are advised to get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

When the negative test result is received, they can leave isolation.

NSW Health asks that they continue to be aware of any developing COVID-19 symptoms.

If symptoms do later appear, people are asked to immediately seek a PCR test, and isolate until a negative test is received.

If you do not have symptoms, it is advised to take a rapid antigen test as an additional precaution before going out, particularly if socialising in groups of people or anywhere it may be difficult to socially distance.

Information on how to use rapid antigen tests is available on the NSW Government website.