NSW might not have reached the point of complete lockdown due to coronavirus, but with Easter looming, doctors are urging people to take precautions by remaining at home.
The Doctors of Orange group released a statement on Friday saying health services faced an "unprecedented challenge".
"We still have a small window of opportunity to stem the tide of COVID-19 cases in the central west and stop the tsunami inundating our hospitals," the statement said.
"We must act now to minimize our infection rates and protect our limited health resources and health workers."
Western NSW Health Research Network chair Dr Catherine Hawke said the level of social distancing was improving, but it was surprising how many people were still out and about.
She said the best strategy was to remain at home and not travel.
"The Easter holidays is what we're frightened of - people wanting to travel to or from Sydney," she said.
"We want to protect our area."
Virginia Skrtic voiced her frustration at the lack of social distancing in shops - her 10-year-old son Jayden underwent a liver transplant as a baby and she said he was now vulverable to more severe infection if he caught the virus.
"His body senses [the new liver] as a foreign object and tries to kill it and the [anti-rejection] medication causes him to be immune suppressed," she said.
"People aren't standing back - they have chats when they could ring later, there's so many other ways to communicate and it would help so much."
The doctors' group said positive actions would save lives and there were 10 simple steps: washing hands often and well, staying home, not travelling outside the area, shopping once a week, leaving shopping deliveries for others at their door, exercising once a day alone or in the household group, taking shoes off before coming inside and washing faces, not holding social gatherings outside the household group, using social media apps and calling the GP if sick.
Dr Hawke said Orange Health Service catered for patients from further west and that would be the case for COVID-19 as well if there were serious cases.
"We as a population are the ones to control what goes into the hospitals," she said.
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