COVID-19 patients from Sydney may be cared for at Dubbo Hospital if it has spare intensive care beds.
Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan revealed the plan on Wednesday after telling the community "it's just so crucial" to stay home this Easter.
Out the front of the health district building in Dubbo's Hawthorn Street, Mr McLachlan told of a a "statewide plan building".
"We're very close to locking all of that down to see a quadrupling of intensive care ventilated beds across the state," he said.
Mr McLachlan pointed to hot spots of coronavirus in the state.
"I would expect across the whole of the network in NSW we'll need to step up and play a role for people potentially outside of our region," he said.
"I know our hospitals are well prepared for that."
The chief executive also updated the community on the health district's bid to recruit more than 300 extra staff because of the pandemic and its success in finding and obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff.
Mr McLachan said the health district had received more than 300 applications including "over 40 applications for nurses, over 50 for doctors".
They included retirees, regional residents who previously worked for the health district and people from outside the region who wanted to help.
Mr McLachlan said universities had "opened the doors to students coming and working with us".
"We need more, particularly nurses, if we are going to fight this thing in coming months," he said.
The chief executive told of the health district's success in sourcing PPE.
Gowns, masks and testing kits were among the supplies arriving this week.
"Five thousand surgical masks are being delivered today from a supplier within the region that's opened up in the last 48 hours," Mr McLachlan said.
The chief executive said the federal government currently predicted the peak of the pandemic would be in October or November.
"It's a long period of time that we are going to need to maintain these specialist services and particularly our intensive care ventilated bed services," he said.
Mr McLachlan told the community it was not the time for complacency and warned of the consequences of it.
"Honestly, it's really one sneeze or cough away from you contracting this or you spreading it," he said.
"So please keep your distance, please stay at home over this Easter period and don't go travelling unnecessarily.
"If we allowed this virus to rapidly escalate through this community, people wouldn't be able to get the level of intensive care and complex acute care that they would need.
"We would be overwhelmed."