COVID-19 Update – March 24

Advice from NSW Health indicates that there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dubbo electorate, and NSW Health is working with those people and anyone who may have been in contact with those people to try and minimise the spread of the virus in our region.

I can also confirm there was a Qantas flight on March 20, QF 2046, that has had a passenger return a positive test to Coronavirus, and once again NSW Health is doing the necessary tracing to make contact with people who may have been in close contact with the person.

I understand that this will scare people. This crisis is growing by the day and the response needs to be fluid.

But the simple message is that while this virus is a reality that is now upon us we don’t need to panic and we don’t need to vilify anyone who may have the virus.

We do need to be vigilant when it comes to the measures announced this week, and any further measures that may be announced in the future, and take the virus seriously.

Using the common sense measures that have been spoken about, such as washing hands, practising social distancing and the like, will help us help each other.

We will get through this but we need everyone working together and responding to the information provided.

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