Latest statistics released by the Australian Government show more than 95 per cent of Cootamundra-Gundagai residents 15 years and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, with 88.6 per cent fully vaccinated.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council mayor Abb McAlister said he is pleased to see the high rates of vaccination in the Local Government Area, as restrictions ease and people start to enjoy the freedom of movement again.
“We’ve seen an influx of visitors since travel into the regions opened up on November 1, which is fantastic for local business and the local economy,” Cr McAlister said.
“These high vaccination rates we are seeing are very pleasing as this will help to protect our communities as we get back to a relative normal.”
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) chief executive Jill Ludford said with the regions starting to see travellers from Victoria and Sydney and in the lead up to the busy Christmas season, communities should expect to see some small numbers of COVID cases in their regions.
“I think we’re still very used to the messaging around elimination where whenever there’s a new case we try and track every movement in every venue but now we’re actually into living with COVID and it’s all about how we can add layers of protection to keep ourselves safe and to lessen the transmission in our communities,” Ms Ludford said.
There are over 300 active cases in the MLHD, with Ms Ludford saying the majority of which are being cared for in the community.
“We currently have three people hospitalised in Wagga at the present time, and we’re seeing very low rates of hospitalisation as we’ve seen more and more cases across our region,” she said.
“We are learning to live with COVID as we move forward, but we are still living at a time where we are having outbreaks.”
Ms Ludford said venues of concern will continue to be published by NSW Health. A message will be sent to affected people by NSW Health, advising them if they are a casual contact or a close contact, and with further information about what to do.
“The Service NSW app continues just to give general information to people around venues where COVID cases have been, but all that means for people who have been to those venues is that they just need to really monitor for symptoms,” Ms Ludford said.
“They do not need to have a COVID test unless they contract symptoms.”
She said testing rates are good across the region, with over 15,900 tests undertaken in the Murrumbidgee district in the last seven days.