While Stay At Home orders in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne local government areas will be lifted at 12.01am tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 July) WNSWLHD Chief Executive Scott McLachlan says we must continue to be vigilant to ensure all of our communities remain safe.
No new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the Orange, Blayney or Cabonne LGAs, or the entire WNSWLHD, since those Stay At Home restrictions were established on Wednesday, July 21.
"Our communities rallied during that period and, up to Monday night, more than 11,500 tests had been completed in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGAs. Including Bathurst, Dubbo, Parkes and Forbes, almost 15,000 Covid-19 tests had been completed," Mr McLachlan said.
"We must thank the community for such an impressive response, but now is not the time to become complacent.
"At all times, and certainly when there's been a case recorded locally, widespread testing gives us the best chance possible to see if there has been any spread of Covid-19 in the community.
"It's a key measure in determining any threat to our local communities and, in the situation where parts of our District have tighter restrictions imposed, is crucial to informing decisions about when it might be safe to lift those.
"I'm urging everyone in our communities to continue those efforts and our pop-up testing sites at Orange, Bathurst, Parkes, Molong and Blayney are open today.
"From Wednesday onward, our testing sites at Molong, Blayney and Parkes will change. Testing will be conducted by appointment at those areas' Hospitals or Multi-Purpose Services."
With the Stay At Home orders being lifted tomorrow, the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGAs will revert back to the Public Health Order restrictions in place across regional NSW.
"It is crucial we all continue to follow those guidelines to help keep Covid-19 transmissions in our District at zero," Mr McLachlan said..
"They include wearing masks while indoors including at work, limiting visitors to your home and following the one person per four square metres rule, in line with those guidelines.
"The Stay At Home restrictions remain in place for the Greater Sydney region and anyone who visits the included areas, or has visited the included areas in the last 14 days, must follow those orders.
"I'd also urge everyone in the community to get vaccinated as soon as possible, vaccination has never been more important and I cannot stress enough that both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are effective, and very safe."
For information on testing locations go to the NSW Government website and click the Covid-19 button to search for your nearest location, anyone with symptoms should arrange to be tested and self-isolate until they receive their results.