Wagga's leaders are urging residents to be vigilant after it was revealed another major regional centre would be locked down, and the state recorded another 283 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
At least 64 of the confirmed cases to 8pm Sunday were infectious in the community. A cafe, a pub, a coffee chain, a vape store and a service station in Tamworth were added to NSW Health's exposure site list late on Sunday.
A person from Newcastle had travelled to Tamworth, and the region has entered a seven-day lockdown as a precaution.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said he was extremely concerned about the threat of coronavirus to regional NSW.
"It's not a matter of if it's a matter of when," he said. "We are the largest rural and regional city, we have done well up until now, but I have a feeling it will come here at some stage."
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"It's not the locals I am worried about. It's the visitors who are still flouting the rules," he said.
"Everyone should be aware that highway patrol cars have computerised systems that track people's number plates, and they can tell where those people have come from.
That's why they are picking up one person per day."
Wagga MP Joe McGirr reiterated the importance of keeping COVID-19 out of regional NSW, adding the virus doesn't travel unless people travel.
"If you are from a hot spot or a locked-down area, please don't try to get your hair done in Wagga or look for other reasons to visit the regions," he said.
"As the recent case of a COVID-positive young woman from Newcastle visiting Tamworth demonstrates, it only takes one person to spread this virus."
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