PEOPLE may be requesting testing for coronavirus in the region's hospitals, but there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in the Western NSW Local Health District.
The second Australian death from coronavirus (COVID-19) has occurred overnight when a 95-year-old nursing home resident in Sydney died.
This comes after a 78-year-old man in Perth who died from the infection.
Some 10,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 across the country with more than 40 confirmed cases, of whom 21 have now been cleared, Australian Associated Press reports.
A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday morning that people have been entering hospitals across the region fearing they have contracted coronavirus.
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"We have conducted tests because people are asking to be tested," she said.
"We have had no confirmed cases."
A Central West GP says there are certain age groups more at risk of coronavirus, with some pre-existing conditions leaving people more susceptible.
Cover coughs and sneezes
You should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve/elbow.
Used tissues should be placed in a bin, and hands immediately washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wash your hands
You should wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty.
Ensure you wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser:
- before entering an area where there are other people
- before touching things used by other people
- after using the bathroom
- after coughing or sneezing
- before putting on, and after removing, gloves and masks