HUNDREDS in the Bathurst community have heeded the advice of health experts and have undergone Covid-19 testing.
Testing in the city was ramped up this week following confirmation from NSW Health that a confirmed COVID-19 case travelled through the region and stopped at the BP truck stop Raglan a number of times last week.
The same case travelled to Blayney and Parkes, and on Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed an employee at Nestlé's Blayney factory has tested positive for COVID-19 following the plant's exposure to the virus last week.
The worker who tested positive has been in isolation at home since Sunday.
As a result COVID-19 testing in the city was increased with literally hundreds of people queueing at the drive-through testing site at Mount Panorama on Monday.
Figures obtained from NSW Health revealed in the four weeks leading up to 8pm on Monday evening 4, 285 Covid-19 tests had been undertaken in the city, representing a test rate of 98 in every 1,000 residents.
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While the Mount Panorama testing site didn't open until 8am by 7.30am large queues had already formed, and remained until the site closed at 4pm.
Dominos Pizza operations manager Thomas Dibley was out early exercising and saw the queues starting early.
He said he could see how busy it was for staff at the testing site and arranged pizzas to be delivered to them on both Monday and Tuesday as well as the Western Health Office where staff assist with contact tracing.
Mr Dibley said as a business manager in the Bathurst community it was the least he could to do help support those on the front line working to keep the community safe.
"We all know that pizza won't solve the world's problems but it can bring a small slice of joy to a bad day. In these times of extreme stress and uncertainty it's all about supporting our local community," he said.
It goes without saying the delivery was Covid safe, contactless delivery.
A spokesperson for the Local Health District said on Tuesday that would like to thank the community for getting tested.
"We also appreciate their patience and understanding for the wait times. COVID-19 is circulating in our communities, we need to remain vigilant. Anyone with symptoms even the mildest of symptoms should get a test. Then isolate until you receive your results."
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