Two more local government areas in regional NSW will go into a snap lockdown at 6pm today.
The first is Glen Innes, north-west of Coffs Harbour, after mass confusion yesterday for residents who were told they were getting locked down, and then weren’t.
The second is the Hilltops LGA in the NSW South-West Slopes after someone linked to the Young High School tested positive.
NSW Health confirmed both LGAs will enter a snap lockdown from 6pm to stop the spread of coronavirus in the regions.
“Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Hilltops and Glen Innes Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 6pm today (Friday) for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk,” a statement said.
Earlier, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall confirmed the Glen Innes Severn LGA would enter lockdown at 6pm.
“I am very sorry and realise this was not the news many of you were wanting to hear, especially small business owners, and I fully appreciate the stress and strain this will place on you,” he said.
“However, in response to the COVID case and the fact that the individual had been active in the community while infectious, the NSW Chief Health Officer convened an independent panel of medical experts to review all the information relevant to the case in Glen Innes.”
Mr Marshall said he passed on the news “minutes after” he was notified and promised more information would be coming, but the rules of the lockdown will be the same as the last.
There was confusion yesterday after it was announced Glen Innes would be going into lockdown, and then the health authorities said it would not, but it wasn’t off the cards.
It also emerged this afternoon a case had been linked to Young High School in the Hilltops LGA, and all staff and students have been asked to isolate.
“Parents and carers are asked to please collect their children. Supervision will continue to be provided until all students are collected,” a NSW Education spokesperson said.