The latest news on the current Delta strain outbreak affecting regional NSW and Victoria's Indigenous communities.
- Far West NSW records its first COVID death, an Aboriginal man in his 50s
- The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District records 100+ new daily cases for the first time
- Regional Victoria experiencing a "slow but steady increase" according to Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton
The Far West Local Health District has recorded its first COVID patient death overnight, an Aboriginal man in his 50s from Broken Hill. The man was a close contact of a previous confirmed case, and he passed away at Broken Hill Base Hospital. He was unvaccinated.
The rest of the Far West district recorded 11 new cases — 9 in Broken Hill and 2 in Wilcannia.
For updates regarding the Far West Local Health District, stay up-to-date with their Facebook page here.
New South Wales overall recorded 1043 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, and 10 further deaths throughout Sydney.
The Western NSW Local Health District recorded 32 new cases — 10 in Bourke, 9 in. Cowra, 8 in Wellington, 2 in Dubbo, 2 in Mudgee and 1 in Narromine.
State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has said that the case in Narromine will not affect the LGA coming out of lockdown as is scheduled for midnight tonight.
Health District CEO Scott MacLachlan has highlighted the 32 new daily cases as a reminder to stay safe and health conscious as restrictions are slowly lifted across the region.
He said that today’s a reminder that even among several days of single-digit case numbers, large spikes such as today’s continue to be entirely possible.
For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccination clinic times and dates in the district, as well as locations for testing, visit the Western New South Wales Local Health District website.
In Victoria there have been 733 new locally acquired cases overnight, and one death, a woman in her 80s from Moreland. This brings the state to 7160 total active cases.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has described the situation in Victoria’s regions as a “slow but steady increase”, with 27 new cases recorded. There were 9 in Mitchell Shire, 5 in Geelong, 3 in Campaspe, 2 in Moorabool, 2 in Wodonga, 1 in Ballarat, 1 in Baw Baw, 1 in Shepparton, 1 in Macedon Ranges and 1 in Wangaratta.
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