Orange and three other LGAs have been told there is a "good chance" they will be coming out of lockdown within a matter of days.
On Tuesday it was announced that as well as Orange, Narromine, Gilgandra and Brewarrina were to have their lockdown situations reviewed and a decision to be made on Wednesday, with a decision to be announced by Thursday at the latest.
Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders spoke of this news.
"On a weekly basis, there are Local Government Areas that are being looked at to come out of stay-at-home orders. There's been a lot of talk about what that might look like in this coming week," he said.
"I can tell you those decisions will be made (Wednesday) and there are several Local Government Areas across the district that are being looked at to come out and I would expect some fairly positive news for many of those in the next day.
"In that way, there would be an expectation that unless something happens in the next 24 hours that they may well be a good chance of coming out from stay at home orders. We'll keep you posted with all that information as soo as we have it posted."
It has previously been stated that as well as going 14 days without having a COVID-positive person in the community, testing rates would also play a factor. This has been an issue in Orange and the Central West as a whole recently, with low numbers across the board.
Chief executive of Western NSW Local Health District Scott McLachlan explained why that 14 day period was chosen.
"Across the period of a person's infection with COVID, we know that around 14 days is where the vast majority of people are both uninfectious and recovered from their illness," he said.
"Some people take a bit longer but that has become the hallmark, 14 days is the best measure of a person coming out of their infectious period or really struggling with their illness.
"That's the best measure we have at the moment and we'll continue to refine that. It's different for different age groups as well.
"We know that some people become much more infectious than other age groups, particularly in younger kids that they're not as infectious as older generations. 14 days is the best measure we've got at the moment."
It has not yet been said when Orange's would come out of lockdown, should it be deemed suitable to.
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