THE Bathurst region has celebrated the lifting of stay-at-home orders in the best possible way, with no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.
The news was not as good in other parts of the Western NSW Local Health District with three new cases in Orange, two in Bourke, two in Dubbo, five in Walgett and one in Wellington.
Of the three new cases in Orange, two were infectious in the community - including a Orange City Council worker who tested positive to COVID late on Sunday, October 10.
The staff member works in the community services section in a non-educational role and visited Courallie Park and Yarrawong childcare centres last week. They were was also in the office at Giyalang Ganya Community Services Centre in Lords Place.
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The two cases in Dubbo were infectious in the community, as were three of the new cases in Walgett and one in Wellington.
There have been eight deaths and 496 new COVID-19 cases across NSW to 8pm last night.
There are 769 people with the virus in hospital with 153 in ICU.
Two cases were also acquired overseas while 83,498 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
The state has reached 90.3 per cent of those aged 16 years and older with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 73.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
NSW has taken its first steps towards re-opening today as it celebrates the easing of restrictions from hitting the 70 per cent double dose vaccination rate.
However, while re-opening has brought much optimism to the state as shops, pubs and hairdressers re-open, allowing for people to book in much-needed cuts and return to retail and hospitality work, there are also concerns around what it will mean for case numbers going forward.
Certain parts of the state which were not in lockdown prior to this morning are also seeing 'freedom day' as more of a step backwards with the unvaccinated now no longer able to go places they could just 24 hours ago.
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