LESS THAN FIVE COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Lithgow City Council area as NSW Health responds to calls for more localised reporting.
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District announced on Sunday there were 22 confirmed coronavirus cases across its district.
That prompted a dressing down of state health officials by Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee, who took to his Facebook page to say the information was "too general".
"We need certainty as to exactly what is happening on our areas," Mr Gee said.
A few hours later, NSW Health released the number of cases in each LGA.
Those figures showed at 8pm on Wednesday, there were six confirmed cases in the Bathurst and Orange LGAs.
There were also between one and four confirmed cases in Cabonne - the exact number was unconfirmed because it was less than five.
"This basically only says 21 cases in the Central West. I believe people would be calmer if they knew exactly where we stand.
"The authorities need to step up on this."
Just a few hours later, that is exactly what happened, with NSW Health releasing the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in each LGA across the state.
Those figures showed at 8pm on Wednesday, there were six confirmed cases in both the Orange and Bathurst Regional LGAs.
There were also confirmed cases in the Cabonne, Dubbo, Lithgow, Mid-Western (Mudgee) and Weddin (Grenfell) LGAs, but because there were fewer than five cases in each area, NSW Health did not provide exact figures for those council areas.
The total across the region is now at 22.
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