Lithgow Residents Urged to Get Tested

Wentworth Healthcare together with Lithgow City Council are urging Lithgow residents who may be experiencing any respiratory symptoms to get tested, after South Bowenfels was listed as a COVID-19 exposure location recently.

Wentworth Healthcare, the provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, has been working closely with the Department of Health and general practices to support the local vaccination roll-out, and are calling on Lithgow locals not to become complacent about COVID-19.

Lizz Reay, CEO of Wentworth Healthcare said, “It is vital that we don't start taking respiratory symptoms lightly. It’s easy to think it’s just the sniffles or hay fever but the fact is, we don’t know it’s not COVID-19 unless we get tested.”

“Although no-one in Lithgow has tested positive for some time, the fact is that we are still in a global pandemic and we are in the midst of an outbreak in Greater Sydney. Our region has had positive cases in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith so Lithgow residents cannot afford to be complacent,” she said.

“It is up to all of us to help suppress this disease, and the best way to do this is to get tested when we experience any COVID-like symptoms, even mild ones, and to get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible and can secure an appointment,” said Ms Reay.

“We are proud that 61% of general practices in our region have signed up to be COVID-19 vaccine providers and that they are rising to the many challenges of this unprecedented national roll-out,” said Ms Reay.”

“Currently there are six practices in Lithgow offering the AstraZeneca vaccine and four of these practices also offer the Pfizer vaccine,” she said.

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