A number of positive COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Parkes community this week. Now more than ever it is extremely important to remain vigilant and keep informed on the locations of concern, which are regularly updated on the NSW Health website and Council's Facebook page.

If you have been to any of the locations of concern, please get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result. The community is urged to get tested if they have any symptoms at all, no matter how mild.

Council is aware that testing results are taking a few days to come back, but we need everyone to get tested. Thank you to those community members who have presented for testing already.

The pop-up testing clinic will continue to operate over the weekend from 10am - 3pm at the Parkes Showground.

Earlier this week, Western NSW Local Health District partnered with the Australian Defence Force to provide pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Parkes. Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM expressed his thanks to everyone who came forward and got vaccinated, and how pleasing it was to see so many community members roll up their sleeves.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all amazing frontline workers who have been working tirelessly to keep our community safe. You have all played a huge role during such difficult times".

"I would also like to thank the following businesses who have allocated resources this week to support the testing clinic and the vaccination clinic, including Transport for NSW, CMOC-Northparkes Mines, Services NSW, Fulton Hogan and Parkes Shire Council. Thank you to those people who volunteered to give up their time this week to lend a helping hand.

We are lucky to have such a wonderful community who has banded together during such a difficult and concerning time. We need to continue supporting each other and doing our part by staying home and getting vaccinated. You can book your vaccination by visiting the NSW Health Eligibility Checker or contacting your local GP or Pharmacy. We are all in this together - stay home and stay safe," said Cr Keith.

There will be a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the hall in Trundle on Thursday 2 September from 11am - 4pm. There is no need to book, just turn up and please bring identification. If you need transport to the vaccination clinics, please reach out to community transport via Neighbourhood Central on 6862 3757 or call the Parkes Visitor Centre on 6862 6000. Do it for your family, your friends, your community and your future!