COVID-19, Western NSW: Coronavirus cases in region steady as people continue their recovery

VIRUS CASES: The number of coronavirus cases in Western NSW remain steady as people continue their recovery. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
VIRUS CASES: The number of coronavirus cases in Western NSW remain steady as people continue their recovery. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

THE number of active cases of coronavirus remains stable in Western NSW, with five people still receiving medical treatment.

Overall there have been 45 COVID-19 cases in the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD), a number that has remained relatively stable since April 6.

Of those still sick from the virus, two people are in the Mid-Western local government area, with one each in the Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange LGAs.

A Western NSW LHD spokeswoman has clarified that the active case in the Dubbo LGA is not a new case or someone who was thought to have recovered. This case dropped off the 'active cases' due to a reporting error.

A number of LGAs, including Cowra, Forbes, Bogan and Oberon, have had no COVID-19 cases at all.

VIRUS CASES: Data from the Western NSW Local Health District at 10am on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

VIRUS CASES: Data from the Western NSW Local Health District at 10am on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

"It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19," the LHD spokeswoman said.

"This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable.

"It's also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19."

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit NSW Health online.

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Tips from the health district

  • Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing.

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