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A coronavirus testing clinic has been established in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett
A coronavirus testing clinic has been established in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett

As cases of COVID-19 continue to crop up across NSW, the South West Sydney Health District said the NSW Government was upscaling its preparedness for the virus.

Across the entire district, which includes Camden, Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals and stretches from Bankstown to Bowral, there have been 88 reported cases of the novel coronavirus to date.

NSW Health statistics show that 1-4 of those cases were from Wollondilly, 12 in Campbelltown and 15 in Camden.

A South West Sydney Health District spokeswoman said they were doing everything possible to protect the community during the pandemic.

"NSW is upscaling its level of preparedness for COVID-19, with moves underway to double intensive care capacity across the state," she said.

"NSW Health has expedited orders of additional ventilators for the state's public hospitals, and will also work in partnership with the private hospital system where necessary to utilise its resources."

The South Western Sydney Local Health District also has plans in place to expand the capacity of existing health services to meet increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are continuing to trace and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread in the community," the spokeswoman said.

"We encourage the community to remember everyone has an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by practising social distancing, hand hygiene, self-isolating if unwell or under quarantine and following the recently announced lockdown requirements.

Clinics have been established across NSW, including in the South Western Sydney Local Health District, to assess and diagnose patients with possible COVID-19 infections.

"The clinics in our district are open from 10.00am to 5.30pm, seven days a week, in the following locations at Campbelltown Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Fairfield Hospital and Bowral and District Hospital," the spokeswoman said.

"People with a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath who have either been overseas in the past 14 days or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 can be tested at the clinic.

"They do not have to make an appointment.

"Current government advice is that people without symptoms do not need to be tested."

People who do not fit the criteria for testing are advised to contact their GP for advice.

The spokeswoman said this year's flu vaccine was expected to be available by mid-April.

"We are encouraging people who can be vaccinated against the flu to do so," she said.

"While the flu vaccine won't combat COVID-19, it will help to reduce the severity and spread of the flu which can lower a person's immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses.

"The NSW Government has announced an additional $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package for COVID-19, with $700 million extra funding for NSW Health to assist in doubling ICU capacity, preparing for additional COVID-19 testing, purchasing additional ventilators and medical equipment, establishing more acute respiratory clinics and bringing forward elective surgeries to private hospitals."

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