The Murrumbidgee Local Health District has reintroduced tighter visitor restrictions at all health facilities as the state records more than 2000 new cases of COVID-19.
NSW reported a record number of new infections for the second day in a row on Friday, with 2213 people diagnosed with the virus from more than 127,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
The rising transmission rates prompted NSW Health to announce restricted visits to health facilities on Thursday night with MLHD confirming the information on Friday.
A statement from the district said that visitors to all MLHD hospitals and aged care services are now limited to one person at a time.
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"With increasing transmission rates across the state and the impact of the Omicron variant of concern, NSW Health has determined that visits to healthcare facilities should be restricted," the statement said.
"Visits will be considered based on a risk assessment and in response to individual patient needs and circumstances.
"Local exemption may be granted on compassionate grounds and on a case-by-case basis."
Anyone visiting someone at a healthcare facility must wear a facemask, follow any advice from health care staff, and be aged 12 years or older.
The MLHD's statement said hospitals and healthcare settings accommodate the most vulnerable in the community and are staffed by the most vital workers needed in a pandemic.
"MLHD apologies for any inconvenience. The restrictions are in place to protect and ensure the safety of patients, staff and the community," it said.
"MLHD reminds every one of the importance of maintaining COVID-safe practices as transmission is occurring at social events during the festive period.
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