The Western NSW Local Health District has urged the community to be upfront regarding their whereabouts after Bathurst recorded two new cases of COVID-19.
Bathurst recorded two new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm on Wednesday night, both of whom were infectious in the local community.
While unable to shed further light on where either case came from, WNSWLHD chief executive officer Scott McLachlan said one case has caused significant problems for contact tracers.
"One of the cases has been the most problematic for our public health contact tracers to understand where they've been," Mr McLachlan said.
"Its been infuriating to hear stories of this person telling lies and withholding information despite knowing they've been infectious in the community."
"This is a time for Bathurst residents to be honest; if you know you've been in contact with a person or place of concern, get tested and isolate and if you become a confirmed case, please don't mess around with people's lives."
"Its truly troubling to hear our contact tracing team being lied to in Bathurst."
Mr McLachlan also lamented the "concerning" drop-off in Bathurst residents showing up for testing, with only 255 tests conducted across Wednesday.
"There's been at least half a dozen people who have been infectious in the Bathurst community over the past 10 days, some of those for multiple days," he said.
"We're really concerned about Bathurst, now is a time to be strictly vigilant, get tested if you've been in town or are from a community surrounding the city."
On Wednesday, the state government announced Bathurst, alongside much of regional NSW, would remain in lockdown indefinitely, with greater freedoms proposed for the fully vaccinated once NSW hits 70 per cent for double doses.
Bathurst's Australian Defence Force clinic saw a total of 1622 people receive their first COVID-19 vaccine from Monday to Wednesday.
GP's, pharmacies, respiratory clinics and Aboriginal medical services also have vaccines available.
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