City leaders urge people to comply with social distancing regulations

Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray said the city is in "unprecedented times", and we must take our destiny into our own hands here in Tamworth”.

He said people are still not complying with social distancing and urged residents to strictly adhere to the rules laid down by the government.

There is one person in Tamworth hospital with the virus and late this afternoon 103 people in the Hunter New England Health District have been diagnosed with coronavirus, with one in quarantine at Tamworth Hospital.

When questioned why Hunter New England Health doesn’t reveal specific locations of those with the virus Cr Murray said he does believe that Hunter New England Health needs to be more specific in the information regarding locations of coronavirus cases.

He said it’s needs to be better,

but we are here today to say 'yes there are local cases, yes the virus is here in Tamworth, and yes we need to take serious personal responsibility. We need to know what is happening in our communities ... I think towns need to know... it is a matter for the public interest."

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said regional NSW is not immune to Covid-19, and it was essential that residents abided by the restrictions and people need that clearer information to come to their communities.

He added that when there is a lack of information, someone will fill that void, even if the facts are incorrect, and this has been seen on social media. We need to get better at clear communication, at concise communication bout what is happening in our local areas and those discussions are ongoing.

Local emergency management officer for Tamworth Regional Council Murray Russell, said a committee made up of all the senior agencies, including police and health, have been working hard to prepare for coronavirus hitting Tamworth.

He said the hospital will not cope if we allow this to escalate very quickly, no matter how well prepared our hospitals are they will not cope, so we need people to take that message seriously.

He added that if we don't take the opportunity to control this virus, then it will control us.