Stay-at-home-orders introduced for Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook; Kempsey lockdown to be lifted

NSW Health: Chief executive Mid North Coast Local Health District Stewart Dowrick.
NSW Health: Chief executive Mid North Coast Local Health District Stewart Dowrick.

Stay-at-home orders for the Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook Local Government Areas (LGAs) will be introduced from 6pm today (September 28) for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

These stay-at-home orders will also apply to anyone who has been in the Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook LGAs since September 17 and September 22 respectively.

Everyone in these LGAs must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes:

  • shopping for food
  • medical care
  • getting vaccinated
  • compassionate needs
  • exercise
  • work or tertiary education if you can't work or study at home.

The stay-at-home order for the Kempsey LGA will be lifted, as scheduled, at midnight tonight (September 28). However, this order may be reintroduced if new information indicates an increased public health risk.

People in Kempsey need to remain particularly vigilant, practice COVID-safe behaviours and get tested at the first sign of even mild symptoms.

Kempsey LGA will continue to operate under some restrictions to ensure community safety. For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

To determine the extent of the risk and detect any further potential COVID-19 cases in these areas, NSW Health calling on the communities to come forward for testing in large numbers.

A strong response to testing will be a key factor in determining if these stay-at-home orders are extended beyond one week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

"The Mid North Coast community's response to the recent call for increased COVID-19 testing has been fantastic, with more than 1,400 tests conducted across the region yesterday, 933 of which were at Port Macquarie," chief executive Mid North Coast Local Health District Stewart Dowrick said.

"We continue to urge anyone feeling unwell - even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches - to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing."

High vaccination rates are also essential to reduce the risk of transmission and protect the health and safety of the community.

Find available bookings at the Commonwealth Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder (previously eligibility checker), or you can also call Health Direct on 1800 571 155 for assistance to book.

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