There are no new cases of COVID in Orange or Cabonne, but according to the Western NSW Local Health District, another person has died in the Dubbo LGA with the virus.
As with many of the deaths that have occurred in the region, the man was Aboriginal. He was in his 50s and died at Wellington Hospital. He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had "underlying health conditions", Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) said.
This latest death brings the region's COVID-related deaths to 13.
Up to 8pm last night there were 7 new cases identified across the health region. These were in Dubbo (2), Wellington (1), Bourke (3) and Walgett (1).
The two new cases in Dubbo were infectious in the community, as was the one new case in Wellington.
In total, there has been 1429 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in WNSWLHD.
In NSW there were eight deaths in total and 587 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
This comes after Orange recorded three new COVID cases on Wednesday. Two of them were infectious in the community.
They had not known that they were positive as they had mistaken their symptoms for hay fever, which according to WNSWLHD chief executive Scott McLachlan is common.
"[The new cases are] further proof that we can't relax, COVID-19 is still creeping around our communities and can re-emerge anywhere, at any time," Mr McLachlan said.
"We must continue coming forward for testing and getting vaccinated - vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19."
COVID-19 testing is currently available at the Wade Park drive-through clinic from 8am to 4pm, and at the Orange Showgrounds from 8am to 4pm.
Bookings are not required for either drive-through clinic.
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