Australian Defence Force personnel have joined the NSW Police Force on the South Coast and The Hume Police regions as part of an expansion of COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks across NSW.
Police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they conduct daily welfare checks and support the wellbeing of those self-isolating.
ADF personnel have been deployed to assist Nowra and Yass Police over the coming weeks.
Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar APM has welcomed the arrival of troops in the region.
“The troops are here to support the community alongside police,” he said. “Locals can expect to see them checking on the welfare of our most vulnerable people.
“Our officers and ADF personnel will be making daily visits and checking in on those who are self-isolating and making sure they’re okay during lockdown.
“I ask everyone across our region to continue complying with the Public Health Orders and do everything you can to help us prevent further spread of the Delta variant.”
Just two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Southern NSW Local Health District to 8 pm yesterday – one in Queanbeyan and one in Goulburn. The Goulburn case is linked to another known case but the Queanbeyan one is still being investigated.
The Hilltops cluster has grown by two, with both under investigation, while case numbers in Cowra jumped by five over the reporting period.
No new cases have been reported on the South Coast and the first dose vaccination rate in some local government areas is getting close to 90 per cent.
Data released by the Department of Health each week highlights the percentage of people aged 15 and over who have received first and second COVID vaccine doses in each Local Government Area.
Health authorities say most LGAs in South Eastern NSW will reach the State Government’s 80 per cent fully COVID vaccinated target soon, if booked appointments are kept.
NSW recorded 1063 new COVID-19 cases in the 24-hours to 8 pm Wednesday, and six people died.
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