Coronavirus Australia: Thirty motorhomes are being delivered to regional NSW for close contact with the virus

Thirty motorhomes have been delivered to families in regional NSW to give the close contacts of those fighting the virus a safe place to isolate.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro announced that the government would send the fleet of mobile homes to the Covid-hit city during Wednesday’s Covid update.

“Three new cases in Wilcannia in the far west, which worries us,” he said.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro (pictured) announced the government would send the fleet of mobile homes to the Covid-affected city during Wednesday's Covid update

NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro (pictured) announced the government would send the fleet of mobile homes to the Covid-affected city during Wednesday’s Covid update

Thirty motorhomes have been delivered to families in regional NSW to give the close contacts of those fighting the virus a safe place to isolate (pictured, a post office in Wilcannia)

Thirty motorhomes have been delivered to families in regional NSW to give the close contacts of those fighting the virus a safe place to isolate (pictured, a post office in Wilcannia)

Thirty motorhomes have been delivered to families in regional NSW to give the close contacts of those fighting the virus a safe place to isolate (pictured, a post office in Wilcannia)

“We know that in recent days we have had more cases with housing and the ability to isolate individuals.

“NSW Health has purchased 30 RVs that will be set up at the local motorhome site, with access to power, water and waste disposal.”

The health department said the RVs would be operational from September 6 and hosted at the council’s RV park in Wilcannia.

Residents of the temporary housing will have access to a sleeping and living area, a kitchen, toilet, shower and a television.

In talks with community leaders from the regional city, NSW Health said the initiative had been positively received.

The department said talks with key representatives in Wilcannia would continue to give locals the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

NSW Health said the RVs would be operational from September 6 and hosted at the council's RV park in Wilcannia (pictured, Wilcannia Hospital)

NSW Health said the RVs would be operational from September 6 and hosted at the council's RV park in Wilcannia (pictured, Wilcannia Hospital)

NSW Health said the RVs would be operational from September 6 and hosted at the council’s RV park in Wilcannia (pictured, Wilcannia Hospital)

Wilcannia residents in the temporary accommodation have access to a bedroom and living area, a kitchen, toilet, shower and television (photo, Wilcannia city from above)

Wilcannia residents in the temporary accommodation have access to a bedroom and living area, a kitchen, toilet, shower and television (photo, Wilcannia city from above)

Wilcannia residents in the temporary accommodation have access to a bedroom and living area, a kitchen, toilet, shower and television (photo, Wilcannia city from above)

NSW Health said consultations had been held with a number of stakeholders including Far West Local Health District (LHD), Central Darling Shire Council, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the Local Emergency Management Committee and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The rapidly growing outbreak in the region has made it difficult for residents to isolate safely, with the total number of active infections now standing at 54.

The city’s estimated 650 residents, with a majority Aboriginal people, have long feared a Covid catastrophe and it has finally arrived in the past two weeks.

The outbreak has sparked desperation and determination among community leaders who are at the center of Australia’s first major outbreak affecting Indigenous people.

Wilcannia is 200km away from the nearest large supermarket in Broken Hill – over two hours drive.

The town is also limited to just one small supermarket and one hospital.

But in positive signals for the small town, 67 percent of residents have received a single dose of a vaccine and 39.2 percent have been fully vaccinated.

The rapidly growing outbreak in the region has made it difficult for residents to isolate, with the total number of active infections now at 54 (pictured, the main street in Wilcannia)

The rapidly growing outbreak in the region has made it difficult for residents to isolate, with the total number of active infections now at 54 (pictured, the main street in Wilcannia)

The rapidly growing outbreak in the region has made it difficult for residents to isolate, with the total number of active infections now at 54 (pictured, the main street in Wilcannia)

In Wilcannia (pictured), 67 percent of residents have received a single dose of a vaccine and 39.2 percent have been fully vaccinated

In Wilcannia (pictured), 67 percent of residents have received a single dose of a vaccine and 39.2 percent have been fully vaccinated

In Wilcannia (pictured), 67 percent of residents have received a single dose of a vaccine and 39.2 percent have been fully vaccinated

“It’s a huge effort for that community,” Barilaro said on Wednesday.

However, health officials are concerned about sewage detection in parts of regional NSW where there are currently no known cases.

They include Temora, Thredbo, Merimbula, Port Macquarie, Dunbogan, Bonny Hills, Warren, Molong, Tamworth, and Gunnedah.

Mr Barilaro urged residents to come forward for testing as the source of the virus particles remained unknown and there were no active cases in the areas.

NSW registered 1,116 new local cases of Covid-19 and four more deaths on Wednesday; all women who had not been vaccinated and had underlying health problems.

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