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Whole community effort needed to protect Molong against COVID-19

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30 November 2021

With 15 cases of COVID-19 identified in Molong in the two latest reporting periods, Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is urging the community to continue working together to halt the spread.

They are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Molong since mid-July.

Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said the developing situation is not a reason to panic, however it is a timely reminder of the need to stay on guard as COVID-19 continues creeping around the District.

“Case investigations and contact tracing are ongoing, but we know there is at least one school in Molong impacted so we can’t afford to think we’ve done enough to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Mr Spittal said.

“COVID-19 doesn’t care where you live or who you are, and we know that as restrictions ease and movement increases there is a greater chance of the virus appearing in areas that have been relatively safe to date.

“After the recent floods this is the last thing the town needed, but there is strong community spirit in Molong and I’m urging everyone to continue working together to help stop the spread and keep each other safe.

“Continue doing those fundamental things that make a difference, make them part of your everyday routines – wash and sanitise your hands regularly, wear your mask, check in and out everywhere you go, get tested even with the mildest symptoms or

“If you receive a notification that you are a contact, follow the health advice provided so that you can get the help you need but also so you can protect your family and your community.”

Mr Spittal said COVID-19 testing remains available in Molong, with the Rural Fire Service assisting, and that WNSWLHD will continue supporting people with COVID-19 and those in isolation.

“We have a great health service at Molong and testing will remain at the Multipurpose Service on Tuesday, people must call to book an appointment, before we increase capacity and established a drive-through clinic at the Railway Station on
Wednesday,” Mr Spittal said.

“We will continue working closely with the local GP and pharmacies, Cabonne Shire Council, the NSW Department of Education, schools, Police and other community to services to deliver both medical care and well-being support to anyone who
requires it.

“Testing and care providers are also available nearby in Orange if required, where there is also additional opportunities for vaccination.

“It is a credit to the community that we have at least 90 per cent of people across the Cabonne Shire, including Molong, fully-vaccinated and more than 93 per cent with their first dose. That’s helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce
the severity of illness.

“However we know that COVID-19 is still spreading between children not yet eligible for vaccination, which is why it’s so important that everyone around them who is eligible gets at least two doses of a vaccine to have that full protection.

“But it’s also those basic practices that everyone can put in place that are going to make the difference so please, particularly as you begin moving around and we approach the holiday season, try to be as COVID-safe now as you ever have been.”

COVID-19 testing clinics:


Multipurpose Service – Tuesday – by appointment, call (02) 6369 4100 to book

Railway Station – Wednesday onward – 10am to 3pm, no appointment needed


Orange Showground Drive-through – Monday to Friday – 8am to 4pm

Wade Park Drive-through – Monday to Friday – 8am to 4pm; Saturday 8am to 11am

Orange Health Service – Saturday and Sunday – 12pm to 4pm

Orange Respiratory Clinic (book appointments online) – Monday to Friday – 8am to 12pm

COVID-19 vaccination:

To find your nearest vaccination provider visit: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-clinic-finder


Orange Vaccination Hub, 123 Peisley Street. Book Online or phone 1800 571 155.