A SNAP lockdown in Albury has been ruled out by health authorities despite the city recording a sharp daily rise in COVID-19 cases.
Another 48 new cases were reported in Albury in the past 24 hours with the total number of active cases in the city's present outbreak sitting at 120.
The bulk of the cases are among those aged 12 to 24 years with the virus prevalent in an increasing number of Albury schools and the outbreak initially taking off before the mandated double vaccination requirement to enter businesses and hospitality venues in NSW commenced 11 days ago.
Rather than sending Albury back into a "circuit-breaker" lockdown, Murrumbidgee Local Health District is urging more people to get vaccinated.
"I think lockdown was a strategy before people were vaccinated," MLHD executive director of medical services, Dr Len Bruce said.
"We were essentially faced with a very infectious virus that caused severe illness.
"Now we have very effective vaccines available.
""Lockdowns also have an opportunity cost.
"It's not that a lockdown happens in isolation and there's no impact on the community on a broader scale.
"Whether or not there may be limited restrictions in specific groups, that may be required, but we'll leave that to the public health response and also to the NSW Department of Health."
Albury's double dose vaccination sits at 72 per cent of eligible population and single dose at 94 per cent.
A total of 51 new cases were recorded in the MLHD in the past 24 hours and equates to close to 14 per cent of the daily cases announced for NSW yesterday.
Albury Wodonga Health director Lucie Shanahan said a lockdown would try to be avoided, but again urged people to limit their movement with weekend approaching.
"It's the double dose vaccination rate that is making the biggest difference to our ability to manage this and to learn how to live with COVID on an every day basis," she said.
"Although at the moment with COVID across our community, and this is the largest outbreak that we have seen locally, we are asking people just to think about whether they need to be out across the community as frequently as possible.
"Or if they could perhaps minimise their movements across the community and also to think about the number of people you're socialising with at any given time."
The most recent lockdown in Albury ended a month ago.
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