Baby among four to test positive to coronavirus in Wagga Wagga

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Four people, including a baby, have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Wagga Wagga, NSW, after visiting the Melbourne area. 

They are all from the same family and have been in self-isolation since returning from Victoria.

They are a 52-year-old woman, her son and daughter-in-law in their 20s, and their baby.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) director of medical services Len Bruce said the 52-year-old woman had mild symptoms while the other members of the family were asymptomatic.

A man in a grey jacket stands in front of a wood-panelled wall.
The Health District’s Dr Len Bruce said the 52-year-old woman only has very mild symptoms.(ABC Riverina: Lauren Pezet)

Dr Bruce said the family returned from Melbourne last week and have been self-isolating since.

He said they were being cared for at home in Wagga Wagga.

“The good news is the 52-year-old lady has got very, very mild symptoms … and as far as we are aware the other members of the family are completely asymptomatic at present.

“It’s not easy to isolate but we need to thank them for doing the right thing.”

‘No concern to public’ say authorities

Health authorities were confident they had self-isolated as required since returning from Victoria and no further contact tracing was required.

Only one of the cases is included in today’s figures, the other three will be included in tomorrow’s count.

MLHD environmental health officer Tony Burns said he was “very comfortable” with where the family had been isolating.

“They have isolated since, so we’re very confident that the isolation hasn’t been in question, and that anything at this stage has been addressed by our infectious disease team.

“We’re very confident that there’s nothing of concern to the general public at this stage.

Charges after allegedly coughing on police

Elsewhere in Wagga Wagga, a woman was charged after allegedly deliberating coughing on a police officer who had attended a home after reports of domestic violence.

Police say they attended a home around 11:00am yesterday, where the 24-year-old woman allegedly directed a 27-year-old man to cough on officers as he was being arrested.

The woman allegedly twice coughed in the face of a male officer, before letting two dogs off leads.

The two police officers have been tested and returned negative COVID-19 results.

The man has been released while the woman has been granted conditional bail to attend the Wagga Wagga Local Court in September.

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