A woman in her 90s has become western New South Wales’ ninth COVID-19 death from the current outbreak.

Key points:

  • Six of the nine COVID-related deaths in western NSW have occurred in aged care homes
  • Nine new cases of the virus were detected in the latest reporting period
  • A previously confirmed case for Walgett has been reclassified because the person lives in Sydney

The woman was a resident of the Catholic Health Care St Mary’s Villa aged care home, which has now recorded four COVID-19 deaths.

“She was fully vaccinated but sadly passed away in the past couple of days,” Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan said.

“My sincere thoughts and condolences on to the family, friends and all the people at St Mary’s Villa. I know it’s a very sad day”

Of the nine people to lose their lives to the virus, six have been aged care residents.

Four deaths are now connected to St Mary’s Villa and two to the Holy Spirit facility.

But Mr McLachlan said the COVID situation inside those aged care homes was starting to stabilise.

“We’ve now gone for more than a week at both the facilities in Dubbo without a case being identified, and quite a few of the aged residents have now come out of their 14 days or their period of having COVID as the main infection,” he said.

Western NSW recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 in the latest reporting period, four in Dubbo, three in Wellington and two in Walgett.

A case that was recorded in Walgett yesterday has been reclassified, because the person lives in Sydney.

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Scott McLachlan called on the Oberon community to get tested after a positive sewage reading for the region.(

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Mr McLachlan said it was pleasing to see case numbers “plateauing”, but warned people not to become complacent.

“There’s still some real risk in our region for further spread in some communities,” he said.

He also called on people living in Oberon, in the central west, to get tested after a positive sewage reading was recorded.

Vaccination rates up

Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders said people in western NSW were getting vaccinated in high numbers.

“The total now that’s been delivered by the Australian Defence Force clinic … is over 40,000,” he said.

He commended the Bourke Shire for having done a “massive job” in getting vaccination rates to 84 per cent for first doses and 65 per cent for second doses.

Mr McLachlan praised those regions for their take-up of the vaccine, but called on other local government areas to lift their game.

“For the Bogan Shire, 78 per cent first dose,” he said.

“Really worryingly though, second dose rates are down at 28 per cent for Nyngan and the Bogan Shire.”

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