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A COVID-19 case related to two schools was discovered in the NSW regional town of Dubbo.

Dubbo West Public School is closing today after a member of the school community tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID test line in Dubbo earlier this year. Credit:Leonie Ward

“Our school location will be out of order on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 as a precautionary measure for visits by employees and students on-site,” said school principal Eileen Day in a message to parents and carers yesterday.

“All staff and students are asked to self-isolate until further advice is given.”

Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders said the case has been linked to Dubbo West Public School and Macquarie Anglican Grammar School.

Parents at the school, which has over 500 preschoolers through 12th grade, were asked last night to check their emails for an “important” message from headmaster Craig Mansour.

Mr Saunders said the case was identified after it became symptomatic on Monday and the person was tested on Tuesday.

“Nine close contacts that have been identified so far are in isolation and have either been tested or will be tested as soon as possible,” he said in a Facebook post last night.

“The investigation and contact tracing is ongoing. How the transfer came about is not yet known.

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“COVID-19 fragments were detected in Dubbo wastewater samples taken on August 3rd and 5th. While Dubbo residents are being urged to limit their movements in the community at this time, widespread COVID-19 testing is vital. “

He said there will be increased testing capacity at the Dubbo Showground Drive-Through Clinic, which opens at 8 a.m. today with entrance on Wingewarra Street, and testing services will start at 10 a.m. at the Wellington Health Service.

“The COVID SAFE Clinic at Manera Plaza, 77 Myall Street, has undergone intensive cleaning and will operate as usual between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, seven days a week,” Saunders said.

The city of Orange in Central West and the surrounding counties of Blayney and Cabonne, about 150 km south of Dubbo, were locked down for seven days last month after a case of COVID-19 and multiple exposure sites.

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