Dubbo and western region families urged to social distance and wash hands

COMPLACENT: Chief executive officer of the Western NSW Primary Health Network Andrew Harvey says recent cases of COVID-19 in Orange and Parkes show "we cannot afford to become complacent". Photo: FILE

COMPLACENT: Chief executive officer of the Western NSW Primary Health Network Andrew Harvey says recent cases of COVID-19 in Orange and Parkes show "we cannot afford to become complacent". Photo: FILE

Western region families are being reminded of recent cases of COVID-19 in Orange and Parkes as they plan activities for the school holidays.

Western NSW Primary Health Network chief executive officer Andrew Harvey is urging families to play it safe.

"While I expect that a lot of families will be taking the opportunity to travel and explore during the holidays, we still wholeheartedly encourage everyone to continue to practise safe social-distancing, proper hand washing and hygiene, and to remember to use their elbow or a tissue for coughs and sneezes," he said.

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"Everyone, from our medical and healthcare professionals through to businesses, families and individuals, have done a wonderful job in doing their bit to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others to this point.

"But as the region's two recent cases show, we cannot afford to become complacent."

Mr Harvey is also encouraging testing for people with "respiratory complaints" and self-isolation while they wait for results.

Travellers can find the nearest testing facility by calling 1800 020 080.

The latest COVID-19 public Information for Western NSW, respiratory clinic locations and booking information, and NSW crowd restriction details can be found at wnswphn.org.au.

This story Recent COVID cases prompt warning to western families going on holiday first appeared on Western Magazine.