NSW Cowra community to go into lockdown

The central western NSW town of Cowra is going into lockdown after a primary school boy tested positive to COVID-19.

© Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS Dr Chant said a week’s lockdown would come into force in the NSW town of Cowra from 5pm on Monday.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the week-long lockdown in the town of about 10,000 people would come into force at 5pm on Monday.

“Anyone who was in Cowra from 13 September regardless of where they are, must adhere to the stay-at-home requirements,” she said on Monday.

“There was a nine-year-old boy who attended school in Cowra and there were a number of associated community exposures. 

“The source at the moment is under investigation,” she said.

Video: LGA lockdowns has helped focus vaccinations in areas of concern (Sky News Australia)

She urged the Cowra community to get tested and was pleased to note the community had a high vaccination rate.

NSW Health also has concerns about the far western town of Dareton where traces of the virus has been detected in sewage.

Everyone in this area is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Last week Lismore, near the Queensland border, Albury on the Victorian border and Glen Innes in the northern tablelands went into a seven day lockdown after COVID-19 cases were recorded in those communities.

Of the 935 locally acquired cases reported in NSW to 8pm on Sunday: 49 are from the Nepean Blue Mountains district, 45 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven, 24 are from the Hunter New England district, 19 are from Central Coast, 10 are from western NSW, seven are from the Southern NSW Local Health District, two are from far west, three are from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and 10 are in jails.

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