The Western NSW Local Health District says Bathurst is at risk of recording similar daily COVID-19 case figures to that of Dubbo two weeks ago as three new cases were reported in the region on Wednesday.
Bathurst's three new cases constituted half of the new cases recorded across the WNSWLHD in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday, including two in Dubbo who, a little over two weeks ago, peaked at 32 daily cases.
With all three new Bathurst cases without known links, WNSWLHD chief executive offer Scott McLachlan said the health district is "definitely" as concerned for Bathurst as it was for Dubbo a fortnight ago.
"We know there's been people infectious in the community over the last seven to 10 days, so it's time for everyone in Bathurst to be on high alert," Mr McLachlan said.
"If you've got any signs and symptoms, however mild, please come forward and get tested, it's no time to be complacent."
Bathurst recorded 384 daily tests across Tuesday, down from 562 the day before.
Despite expressing concern around the lack of clarity regarding the source of the three new Bathurst cases, Mr McLachlan added its hard to lock down the source of where a person has caught COVID from in the first 24 hours.
"Contact tracing will continue throughout the days ahead to ensure we can track down sources wherever possible," he said.
"But throughout this current WNSWLHD outbreak, we've been unable to identify where around 10 to 15 per cent of cases have come from, and sometimes it just isn't possible to determine a source."
"All I ask is Bathurst residents pay close attention to our updates regarding locations of concern and get tested if you've been in or around a listed area around the times mentioned."
Last week's ADF clinic saw a total of 4111 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Bathurst, and a further 4215 in Orange.
But despite this, Bathurst's first dosage rate [77.9 per cent sat just over seven per cent behind Orange's [85.3 per cent] as of September 12.
"It's time for Bathurst to play catch-up, and we know there's a lot of opportunity in the community to get vaccinated today," Mr McLachlan said.
The walk-in vaccination clinic at Kelso Community Hub will be open from 10am to 4pm across Thursday and Friday.
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