COVID-19 case in Forbes one of 38 in district

There's been a COVID-19 case detected in Forbes.

In Thursday morning's update - based on test results to 8pm Wednesday - the Western NSW Local Health District announced that there had been 38 new cases in the district.

The Local Government Areas of Orange and Bathurst equally halved 24 of the overall count, with 12 cases reported in each city. That's a daily case record for both locations.

Of the remaining 14 cases, Molong and Dubbo have four cases per LGA, the Blayney Shire has two infections, while the LGA's of Mudgee, Forbes, Trangie and Oberon each have single infections reported within these communities.

That's in line with escalating numbers for the State - 1742 for the 24-hour period - and the rising number of Omicron cases has prompted calls for people to make sure they get their booster dose of vaccine, now recommended five months after your initial double dose.

Drive through COVID testing is available in Forbes and Parkes:

  • Forbes testing is available at Forbes Showground 10am to 2pm again.
  • Parkes testing has moved to Cheney Park with entry via Station Street, 9am to midday.
TESTING OPEN: COVID-19 testing is available at Forbes Showground and Parkes Cheney Park. Picture: FILE

TESTING OPEN: COVID-19 testing is available at Forbes Showground and Parkes Cheney Park. Picture: FILE

Western NSW Local Health District announced that there is now a one-person limit for visitors to healthcare facilities.

The announcement outlined the requirement of face masks when at a healthcare facility, and that visitors must be over the age of 12.

Any advice from healthcare staff within these facilities must also be adhered to, as advised by WNSWLHD, to increase the health and safety of community members during visitation hours.

"Hospitals and healthcare settings accommodate the most vulnerable in our community and are staffed by the most vital workers needed in a pandemic."

Statewide, NSW has recorded 1742 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour reporting period to 8pm on Wednesday.

This figure boasts an unwelcome record for the state's highest number of daily cases since the birth of the pandemic almost two years ago.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Premier Dominic Perrottet urged peoples' focus to fall on the area of cases that are being hospitalised as a result of the virus, as opposed to the figure of case numbers itself; particularly as the figure for cases with the Omicron variant increases steadily.

With this announcement, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also warned that, according to studies from the University of NSW, there was a possibility the state could see 25,000 cases of the virus per day, for the next month.

"[So] we may not get to 25,000 cases a day, but we could," he said.

No COVID-related deaths occurred, with 192 hospital cases receiving treatment for the virus and 26 cases in ICU.

The first dose figure is at 94.8 per cent, with 93.3 per cent of adults 16+ fully vaccinated.

Western NSW LHD is urging people with no symptoms to get tested for COVID-19 surveillance.

You qualify for surveillance testing if:

  • You do not have any symptoms
  • No one in your household has symptoms
  • You, and no one else in your household is a close contact of person with COVID-19
  • You have not been to any of the places listed as a close or casual contact venue.

As far as contact tracing goes, only two venues in Orange have so far been listed on the Western LHD Facebook page.

They are the Mr Lim Restaurant in Summer Street from 8pm to 10pm on December 12; and the Parkview Hotel in Summer Street from 4.45pm to 8pm on December 12.

Anyone who attended those venues should monitor for symptoms, get a COVID test and isolate if symptoms develop.

NSW Health advises an SMS will be sent to people who need to follow specific health advice; and that people who have been to a venue around the same time as a person with COVID-19 will receive a COVID-19 case alert from Service NSW.

They urge people to follow the advice in those messages.