THERE is an undue delay from the authorities in releasing information to the public as to the sites where a person who has been found to be positive to the virus COVID-19 has visited.
As an example, as I write this letter, the only information released in regard to the furniture removalist situation of last Friday has been that the sites they visited include South Bowenfels, and Orange, before ending in Molong.
Where did they stop at South Bowenfels? Where did they stop at Orange? Where else did they stop?
RECENT LETTERS TO THE WESTERN ADVOCATE:
Their visits were on Friday, July 16. As of July 20, that was the only information available to the public.
There is a similar case with the Blayney situation, with only one other site named: a service station at Raglan.
It is said that in viewing camera footage, the operator inside wore a mask and thus was COVID protected.
The point is that this virus can be spread to others by surface contact even when the infected person has left the area - a petrol pump, a table top, a handrail or a doorknob can be a source of contamination, for up to five days in some cases.
That is why the authorities should be releasing details of every site where such contamination could have occurred to the public as soon as possible.
In the Raglan case, the operator may have been protected.
However, what about the next customer using the petrol pump and possibly touching other surfaces?