A rural NSW shire will go into lockdown on very short notice after a visitor to the area tested positive to coronavirus.
Walgett Shire LGA in the state’s north went go into lockdown at 7pm on Wednesday night.
Two officials confirmed the lockdown restrictions to NCA NewsWire.
A health order was drafted on Wednesday evening after a person tested positive earlier in the day.
The person is believed to have been infectious since August 5, and was tested on August 7.
Officials fear there are more than a dozen people in the area who may have been exposed to the virus.
“The person is also known to have been in Dubbo and Bathurst during their infectious period,”Western NSW Local Health District said in a statement .
Additional Covid-19 testing sites will open from Thursday at 9am at Alex Trevallion Park in Walgett, and people have been told to enter via Castlereagh Highway and exit onto Pitt Street.
Walgett is located at an equal distance from Sydney and Brisbane, about a 7.5 hour drive from each city.
Elsewhere in western NSW, a testing site has also opened at the Dubbo Showground, and at the Covidsafe clinic at Manera Plaza on 77 Myall Street in Dubbo.
Bathurst also has an additional testing site, at the Mount Panorama testing clinic.Internet Explorer Channel Network