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NSW Health urges COVID-19 testing for Blue Mountains residents with symptoms - Blue Mountains Gazette
Blue Mountains residents with minor symptoms of COVID-19 have been urged to come forward for testing.
Blue Mountains residents with minor symptoms of COVID-19 have been urged to come forward for testing. NSW Health executive director Dr Jeremy McAnulty issued the call at a press conference today [Saturday, April 25]. NSW Health executive director Dr Jeremy McAnulty addresses the media on April 25. Source: 7 News. "In the last 24 hours we've seen a small number of cases in the Blue Mountains area and so we're keen that people in the Blue Mountains area, if you have any minor symptoms of either fever or respiratory illnesses, cough, runny nose, sore throat, to come forward," said Dr McAnulty. "We would like to get you tested either through your GP or one of the COVID clinics in the area or the ED (emergency department). We'd like to get you tested so we make sure we find cases early so we can make sure they're isolated and their contacts are traced." READ MORE: Dr McAnulty said the testing was a precaution and most people won't have the virus. "We're asking people in the Blue Mountains area to remember the symptoms and come forward for testing, just to be sure," he said. "Most people won't have the virus but just to be sure, it's a simple test to do." The call came as Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman posted on Facebook that she had been briefed by the Minister for Aged Care about a positive test for an aged care worker at a Blue Mountains nursing home and advised that NSW Health is following procedures. "I'm very concerned to learn that a care worker at an aged care facility in the upper Mountains has tested positive," Ms Templeman said in a statement. "The Minister for Aged Care has briefed me and advised that NSW Health is following its procedures - NSW Health is best placed to outline those, but I understand that appropriate decontamination of the facility is taking place and testing of all staff and residents, and families being advised." NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said at today's press conference it wasn't appropriate to name the facility until the families of residents and staff were notified. There are testing clinics across the Blue Mountains region at Blue Mountains Hospital, Lithgow Hospital, Nepean Hospital, Penrith Respiratory Clinic and a mobile clinic van at Hawkesbury Hospital. NSW recorded 12 more cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.