Apr 07
WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update
As of 10.00am Tuesday 7 April, the Western NSW Local Health District remains at 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

18 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Local Government Area No. of cases
Bathurst Regional - 9
Blayney Shire - 3
Cabonne Shire - 5
Coonamble Shire - 2
Dubbo Regional - 6
Mid-Western Region - 4
Narromine Shire - 1
Orange City - 10
Parkes Shire - 1
Warren Shire - 1
Warrumbungle Shire - 1
Weddin Shire - 1

​​​The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has confirmed that a staff member at Orange Base Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19.

This result was confirmed early Monday 6 April, 2020. The staff member had been in isolation since he presented for testing.

Close contacts of the person have been identified and are in isolation for the required 14 days from their contact as per public health guidelines. No patients were identified as close contacts.

This development has not impacted on current service delivery at the hospital. In response to COVID-19 a range of additional infection control precautions, have been implemented at the hospital, including specific measures around cleaning and personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff.


It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It’s also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:
• clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• stay home if you are sick
• keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing
For advice and information about COVID-19 visit
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/…/coronavirus.aspx


Apr 06
WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update
As of 10.00am Monday 6 April, the Western NSW Local Health District has 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Local Government Area No. of cases
Bathurst Regional - 9
Blayney Shire - 3
Cabonne Shire - 5
Coonamble Shire - 2
Dubbo Regional - 6
Mid-Western Region - 4
Narromine Shire - 1
Orange City - 10
Parkes Shire - 1
Warren Shire - 1
Warrumbungle Shire - 1
Weddin Shire - 1

8 people have recovered from COVID-19.

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It’s also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:
• clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• stay home if you are sick
• keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing
For advice and information about COVID-19 visit
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx


Apr 05
WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update
​​As of 10.00am Sunday 5 April, the Western NSW Local Health District remains has 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Local Government Area No. of cases
Bathurst Regional - 9
Blayney Shire - 3
Cabonne Shire - 3
Coonamble Shire - 2
Dubbo Regional - 6
Mid-Western Region - 4
Narromine Shire - 1
Orange City - 9
Warren Shire - 1
Warrumbungle Shire - 1
Weddin Shire - 1

8 people have recovered from COVID-19.

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It’s also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:

• clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• stay home if you are sick
• keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/…/coronavirus.aspx


Apr 04
WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update

​As of 10.00am Saturday 4 April, the Western NSW Local Health District remains at 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Local Government Area No. of cases
Bathurst Regional - 9
Blayney Shire - 3
Cabonne Shire - 2
Coonamble Shire - 2
Dubbo Regional - 6
Mid-Western Region - 4
Narromine Shire - 1
Orange City - 9
Warren Shire - 1
Warrumbungle Shire - 1
Weddin Shire - 1

8 people have recovered from COVID-19.

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It’s also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:

• clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• stay home if you are sick
• keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/…/coronavirus.aspx


Apr 03
Antenatal services streaming into your home
​Western NSW LHD (WNSWLHD) maternity services want to ensure women continue to have access to antenatal education during the COVID-19 crisis.

The innovative model will enable women and their partner’s to access education from the comfort of their own home, while complying with social distancing rules. 

The classes rotate on a 4 week cycle and each week covers a different topic. The 4 topics include:
pregnancy
labour and birth
breastfeeding 
early days of being a parent.
WNSWLHD Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Tammy O’Connor said, “Women and their partners can either dial in for each class or choose any that interests them”.

Classes will run Wednesday nights from 6pm starting on April 8 through to August 26.

“All women need is to have access to a phone or computer”.

“Midwives will be delivering the education, ensuring opportunity for the woman and her support partner to ask questions”. Tammy said.

To book in for the free interactive classes please contact Lucy Sissian on 6809 8607.



Apr 03
​ WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update
As of 10.00am Friday 3 April, the Western NSW Local Health District has 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Local Government Area No. of cases
Bathurst Regional - 9
Blayney Shire - 3
Cabonne Shire - 2
Coonamble Shire - 2
Dubbo Regional - 6
Mid-Western Region - 4
Narromine Shire - 1
Orange City - 9
Warren Shire - 1
Warrumbungle Shire - 1
Weddin Shire - 1

8 people have recovered from COVID-19.

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It’s also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:

• clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• stay home if you are sick
• keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx


Apr 02
​WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update​
As of 10.00am Thursday 2 April, the Western NSW Local Health District has 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Local Government Area No. of cases
Bathurst Regional - 9
Blayney Shire - 3
Cabonne Shire - 2
Coonamble Shire  - 1
Dubbo Regional  - 6
Mid-Western Region - 4
Narromine Shire  - 1
Orange City - 9
Warren Shire - 1
Warrumbungle Shire - 1
Weddin Shire - 1

7 people have recovered from COVID-19.

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It’s also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:

clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
stay home if you are sick
keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx



Apr 01
WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update

As of 10.00am Wednesday 1 April, the Western NSW Local Health District has 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19.​

Local Government AreaNo. of cases
Bathurst Regional9
Blayney Shire3
Cabonne Shire2
Coonamble Shire1
Dubbo Regional6
Mid-Western Region4
Narromine Shire1
Orange City8
Warren Shire1
Warrumbungle Shire1
Weddin Shire1

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It's also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:

 

  • clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • stay home if you are sick
  • keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit

www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx


Mar 31
WNSWLHD COVID-19 Update

​As of 10.00am Tuesday 31 March, the Western NSW Local Health District remains at 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

Local Government AreaNo. of cases
Bathurst Regional 9
Blayney Shire3
Cabonne Shire2
Dubbo Regional 6
Mid-Western Region4
Narromine Shire1
Orange City8
Warren Shire  1
Warrumbungle Shire 1
Weddin Shire1

Although we have had no new cases overnight this is not the time to relax.

It is critical that everyone in all our local communities continue to practice social distancing to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

This is important for everyone, but particularly for older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable. It's also important that we protect our health care workers who we need to stay well to provide care to people who become sick with COVID-19.

The best thing everyone can do at this point is to stay at home unless it is absolutely essential, and remember to:

  • clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • stay home if you are sick
  • keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing 

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx  


Mar 31
A letter to the citizen's or Orange and surrounding areas

​To the Citizens of Orange and surrounding area,

We are the doctors of Orange Health Service and we need your help to protect our community.

Orange Health Service is busy preparing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our staff of doctors, nurses, allied health and auxiliary staff are working hard to expand our capacity to care for the expected numbers of cases.

Despite our best efforts, we face an unprecedented challenge with the current COVID-19 pandemic and we WILL run out of critical care beds at the current growth rate of cases in our community. If this trend continues we will NOT be able to cope with the demand and provide you with the care you require.

Currently we have low prevalence of COVID-19 cases in our area and it is essential that is maintained. COVID-19 will spread if we permit it. We ask that you follow the below advice around social distancing and help slow the spread of COVID-19 to give us a chance to maintain the services at your hospital.

·        Stay at home as much as possible

  • Do not travel outside of your local area unless absolutely essential, especially not to Sydney and other areas with higher numbers of COVID-19 cases
  • Shop once per week and at quiet times of the day if possible
  • Deliver groceries and other essentials to your elderly relatives or friends, leaving them at their door

·        Go out once per day to exercise alone or in your household group

  • Do not meet up with people outside your household group
  • If you are unwell with a fever, cough or other cold and flu symptoms isolate yourself at home and call Healthdirect (1800022222) or your GP for advice.

If at least 80% of our community follows these rules strictly then our hospital has a much better chance of coping with the demands of the illness caused by this virus and we can keep our local community safe and ultimately win this war. In this crisis we can all choose to be heroes. We implore you to be a hero for our community and help us stop the spread.

Thank you for supporting frontline doctors and nurses care for our community,

Doctors of Orange Hospital


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