Thousands advised to self-isolate despite negative Coronavirus test results

NSW Health has issued advice for those who may have been exposed to Coronavirus clusters within the community.

As locally acquired Coronavirus cases across NSW and VIC continue to increase, NSW Health have issued a statement with new information regarding self-isolation instructions.

They are encouraging anyone who was at a known Coronavirus cluster location, such as the Crossroads Hotel in Casula, NSW or the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park, NSW at the specific times and dates listed, to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have receive a negative test result.

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It is hoped that this will assist in containing the number of community acquired cases and slow the spread.

"It is critical that anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – seeks testing and self-isolates until they get the result," NSW Health said in a statement.

“Stay at home, and do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19. Even if you get a negative test, stay in isolation for 14 days."

While it is not mandatory to isolate for 14 days after a negative test result, it is the recommendation of the health department.

The Victoria State Health website offers a similar message, encouraging those who have received a negative result to self-isolate until symptoms have completely cleared.

“If you are unwell, and your coronavirus (COVID-19) test was negative, you should still isolate at home until your symptoms have completely gone,” the website states.

“Taking this precaution will stop you passing any illness on to others.”

The NSW Government is also recommending people avoid unessential travel and social gatherings and listen for further government advice.

For more information, visit: health.nsw.gov.au

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