COVID continues spread through NSW regions

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Residents in western NSW are being encouraged to get tested for mild COVID-19 symptoms as sewage tests detect the virus even in regions where there is yet to be a positive case.

NSW reported 1218 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 - another daily infection record - and six deaths, taking the state's death toll for the current outbreak to 89.

There were 25 new cases in the Western NSW health district, bringing the total number of cases in the region during this current outbreak to 510.

NSW Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said although the 18 cases in Dubbo were lower than the 34 cases reported on Saturday, there were still many cases under investigation.

"It is not an indication that things have calmed down, in fact there is still more concern about particular parts of our region," Mr Saunders said on Sunday.

The MP encouraged people to get jabbed at Dubbo Showground, where the state's first drive-through vaccination clinic has opened and is offering both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Three of the Western NSW Health District cases were in the Narromine Shire, two in the Bourke Shire, one at Nyngin and one at Brewarrina.

There were also two more cases recorded in the Far West health district in Wilcannia, a small town where more than 10 per cent of the predominantly Indigenous population has now tested positive.

Locals have voiced concerns Wilcannia's food supplies are running low and its local health providers are ill-equipped to deal with the outbreak -- a local health spokesperson told AAP the town had one ventilator.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in the sewage treatment plants in Trangie, Byron Bay, Temora, Cooma and Tamworth, which NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty said was concerning as there were no known cases in these areas.

"We are concerned there may be cases unrecognised in these communities so please come forward for testing if you have even the mildest of symptoms," Dr McAnulty said on Sunday.

"We want to make sure that you're cared for but also that your family and community are protected if you do happen to have COVID."

There was also a detection at the sewage treatment plant in Toukley, on the state's Central Coast where there has been a recent case.

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