Port Macquarie-Hastings remains COVID-free for over 150 days now. A big thanks to the community and residents of Port Macquarie for their efforts towards keeping this beautiful town safe from the this highly contagious virus.
Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) has advised people to keep following the safety guidelines, keep social distancing and practice hygiene.
Currently, there are 26,000 cases in Australia in total with 854 deaths. Victoria has over 20,000 cases, NSW has over 4,200 cases and Qld has 1,500+ cases. This is the whole story of corona cases in Australia so far.
Australians have done a good job overall in keeping COVID in control. Port Macquarie-Hastings is one perfect example where corona cases has been zero for 150 days.
MNCLHD chief executive Stewart Dowrick said the regional approach in keeping COVID out of the community has been well-managed.
“We will continue to encourage people to get tested no matter how minor the symptoms,” Mr Dowrick said.
“We are much better prepared than we were since late January and we have learned a lot in that time.
“We are in constant contact with our (health) colleagues across Australia and we have learned from experience now in how to respond.”
Overall, the virus may still stay in Australia for a while so there is always a chance for it to make it to Port Macquarie-Hastings. This means residents and businesses have to work together to keep it out of the gates.
Local government and Police are both doing their best to keep the place safe.
Mid North Coast Police District Commander Supt Shane Cribb says they would like to welcome tourists over the holidays but they are still very careful with implementing COVID safety plans and will have a team out and about to enforce Public Health Orders where necessary.