Jill Ludford, Bob Noble, Dr Joe McGirr and Steph Cooke MP stand against a green wall of vines spaced a metre from one another.

The Member for Cootamundra has joined the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, the Member for Wagga Wagga and Riverina Police in thanking the community for adhering to social distancing measures.

Steph Cooke said the community had risen to the challenge of reducing the spread of coronavirus, but urged people continue to adhere to social distancing to keep everyone safe.

“These rules are designed not to punish us, but to protect us. People who are feeling vulnerable please reach out, we have the dedicated Service NSW hotline 13 77 88 open 24 hours a day,” Ms Cooke said.

“Four of the LGAs in the Cootamundra electorate still remain COVID-19 free, but we need to make sure we keep up this good work to protect our regional communities and hospitals.”

Chief Executive of the MLHD Jill Ludford said mobile testing would soon be available and encouraged anyone with symptoms to get tested. 

“We’ve taken out that requirement that people have had to be returned from overseas or have had to come in to contact with a known case of COVID-19 to be tested,” Ms Ludford said.

“A little bit like our Breast Screen van we will be going out across the community advertising where we will be and we will be able to screen people to see if they are eligible for testing on the day.”

Superintendent Bob Noble from the Riverina Police thanked the community for adhering to social distancing, but stressed the measures would continue for some time.

“I’d like to congratulate people over the Easter period, for the most part we saw people abiding by the Ministerial directions; not travelling unless necessary and not gathering in groups,” Superintendent Nobel said.

“But people need to keep in mind that we are not out the other side of this. It’s nearly May and there’s a reason Winter is known as the flu season.”

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