NSW Health has confirmed a woman in her 70s from Batemans Bay died at home overnight and was diagnosed with COVID-19 following her death.
She had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine but had only received the second dose shortly before her death. She had underlying health conditions.
Additionally, the Eurobodalla Shire recorded four new COVID-19 cases overnight, one in Dalmeny, one in Narooma and two in Batemans Bay.
The source of the new cases in Dalmeny and Narooma are under investigation, but the Batemans Bay cases are linked to known cases.
It brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Eurobodalla Shire to 28, with 25 in Batemans Bay, two in Narooma and one in Dalmeny.
Across the Southern NSW Local Health District, there were 18 new cases recorded including:
- Two new cases in Goulburn
- Nine new cases in Queanbeyan
- One new case in Googong
- One new case in Jindabyne
- One new case in Cooma
- One new case in Narooma
- One new case in Dalmeny
- Two new cases in Batemans Bay
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NSW Health also detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in samples from the Moruya sewage plant.
Everyone in the district was urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested.
A full list of COVID-19 venues of concern and exposure sites in relation to the positive cases detected in South East NSW can be viewed here.
The list is updated regularly as case investigations proceed.
A list of COVID-19 testing clinics in the area is available here.
A person in Batemans Bay has died after contracting COVID-19, the first death from the virus recorded in the Eurobodalla Shire this year.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance confirmed the death on Wednesday morning via Facebook.
"Today will be a sad day as the virus is now leading to the loss of life within our wonderful community," he said.
"I am very serious about the pain this insidious virus is going to continue to bring for individuals, loved ones and our people.
"It is a very sad time and my thoughts are with those suffering."
Mr Constance urged the community to continue to stay vigilant, as more people from Batemans Bay with the virus had started to need hospitalisation.
"Please be conscious of its impact if a person is vulnerable and suffering from other medical conditions and other circumstances that heighten the risk of COVID," he said.
"I want to show our gratitude to our paramedics, nurses and doctors who are there to save us and keep us safe."
More to come.