• An Aboriginal man in his 60's died in Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after contracting COVID-19. (SBS News)Source: SBS News
The man in his 60's was from Dubbo and passed away in Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Jodan Perry

8 Sep 2021 - 12:14 PM  UPDATED 8 Sep 2021 - 12:27 PM

Three Aboriginal Elders from Western New South Wales have died from COVID-19 in under a fortnight as the infections in the region grow to almost 900.

NSW Health said the man in his 60's was unvaccinated and had "some significant underlying health conditions."

He was from Dubbo but died in Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. 

The news comes just two days after confirmation of the death of a woman in her 70's from the remote town of Enngonia in Dubbo Hospital. In late August, an Aboriginal man in his 50's also died at the hospital from the virus.

State Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders passed on his condolences.

"Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends and the entire community at this time," he said.

There were 27 new cases identified in the Western Health District on Wednesday - 17 in Dubbo, 6 in Bourke (3 in Enngonia), 3 in Bathurst and 1 in Walgett.

There are now 885 cases of the virus in the region, with 63 per cent of them Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

‘A tragic day’: Aboriginal Elder dies from COVID-19 in Dubbo Hospital
The woman in her 70’s from Enngonia was described as a 'much-loved Elder' and is the second person to die from the virus in Western NSW.