While community transmission of the COVID-19 virus appears to be low here, MidCoast Council mayor David West said it's vital residents keep a very close watch and make sure they observe restrictions.
"We're seeing how fast this disease can spread elsewhere, so it's vital that you make sure you stay home if feel unwell, and get tested as soon as you can. Once tested, you should isolate at home until you are advised of the results of your test," he said.
"This is the only way we will prevent an outbreak here such as we have seen in Sydney and Victoria."
The mayor says he is confident the Mid Coast community will pull together yet again, to ensure our region survives the COVID-19 pandemic with the least impact on health and economy possible.
"I'm always amazed at how resilient our community is, and how Mid Coast locals pull together and help each other when times are tough," he said.
"The response and cooperation during this COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. There has been an outstanding response from our region, and everyone is working hard to observe restrictions, protect each other and also to support businesses and livelihoods right across the region."
The mayor emphasised the need to socially distance when in public, and practise good hand hygiene. Wearing a mask in confined spaces, and where you cannot physically distance, is also recommended.
He said by continuing to shop local, and carefully resuming sports and other activities, we're boosting our economy and looking after our mental health as a community.
"The Prime Minister says we can't live in permanent lockdown, so that means we have to be vigilant, and observe COVIDsafe practices wherever we are," Mayor West said.
One way to support local business is by checking out the local listings at ShopMidCoast.com.au.
"We've worked together with local business to set up our own ShopMidCoast online business directory, so please take a look today and shop local wherever and whenever you can," added Mayor West.
"I'm confident that whatever this virus throws at us, and whatever measures NSW Health introduces, Mid Coast locals will continue to cooperate and look after each other."
For the latest advice, helpful links and resources on COVID-19, visit council's website at midcoast.nsw.gov.au/COVID19.