While NSW recorded another record-breaking day with 633 new COVID cases on Wednesday, Parkes was still holding out with no positive cases at the time of going to press.
“What the data is telling us in the last few days is that we haven’t seen the worst of it,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned on Wednesday.
Parkes remains on high alert during the state wide lockdown currently in place as two sewage tests returned positive fragments during the week.
Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith has urged the community to be extremely vigilant. “I would urge anyone who has any symptoms at all no matter how mild to get tested immediately. This includes children who are of particular concern as they often present with much milder symptoms to adults. So please if you are being tested take your family members along with you”.
The case numbers in Western NSW kept on growing over the week with the total standing at 142 on Wednesday spread over eight towns. The majority of cases are in Dubbo.
According to the Premier every person who has the virus is spreading it to at least more than one person.
The main message remains that people should stay at home, book for a vaccination and follow all the COVID regulations of wearing a mask in public and keeping social distances.
The Mayor asked the community to look out for one another, and thanked the essential workers and health workers for their hard work.
By Maggi Barnard