67 take part in COVID testing

The mobile testing clinic in Grenfell last week. The health district said 67 Grenfell residents were tested.
The mobile testing clinic in Grenfell last week. The health district said 67 Grenfell residents were tested.

The Western NSW Local Health District mobile COVID-19 testing visited Grenfell last week.

A spokesperson for the health district said 67 Grenfell residents took the opportunity to be tested at the mobile clinic.

No new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the health district.

In other COVID-19 news hospitals and health services across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) are implementing new state-wide requirements for staff and visitors to wear face masks.

WNSWLHD Director of Operations, Mark Spittal said that NSW Health had responded to the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 by increasing infection control measures.

"This change impacts staff, visitors and patients," said Mr Spittal.

"All visitors must wear a mask when they are in any of our health facilities.

"We encourage people to wear their own masks as long as they are in good condition.

"All health services will have posters on display, to assist visitors use their masks correctly.

"If visitors have underlying health issues that they believe might prevent them from wearing a mask, they should contact their local health service before they visit to get advice.

"In addition to visitors wearing a mask, all staff caring for or working within 1.5 meters of any patient will also be required to wear surgical masks.

"Where possible, patients coming to a health service will be required to wear a mask and those patients already in hospital may be required to wear a mask outside their room.

"At this stage, children 12 years old and under are not required to wear a mask if they do not have any symptoms.

"The use of masks does not mean physical distancing and hand washing/sanitising should not be adhered to.

"The safety or our staff, patients and visitors is our priority and all visitors and staff must pass all applicable screening processes in place including temperature checking at all entrances to the facility.

"Visitors to any of our hospitals or health services should check in advance to make sure they know and understand the rules at that time, and follow the directions of staff."