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Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Northern NSW in the space of a day

Paul Bibby

Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the space of 24 hours, bringing the District’s total to 17 cases.

Artwork of coronavirus. Image CSIRO.

The NNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit is in the process of contacting close contacts, and investigations are underway to determine the sources of these cases.

The confirmed cases to date are spread across the length of the Local Health District, from Clarence right up to the Tweed Valley.

‘We can’t emphasise enough how important it is for all our community to heed the advice of authorities in efforts to slow the transmission of the virus,’ a NNSWLHD spokesperson said.

‘It’s critical to adhere to self-isolation guidelines if you’ve been instructed by health authorities or mandated to quarantine as a result of overseas travel.’

For general members of the public, the most important things you can do at the moment are:

  • practising good hygiene – hand washing or sanitising, and coughing/sneezing into a tissue which you then discard
  • staying at home if you’re sick
  • minimising close contact with others by following the social distancing measures.

It’s also important to remember that locations where cases live, work or have visited don’t pose an ongoing risk to members of the public. If you are considered a close contact of a confirmed case, a Health officer will contact you directly.

COVID-19/flu clinics

COVID-19/flu clinics are established at The Tweed Hospital, Lismore Base Hospital and Grafton Base Hospital, open from 10am to 6pm daily.

These clinics are for those most at risk with respiratory symptoms or fever, those returning from overseas or in contact with a COVID-19 case, or people like our health workers. It is vital that these respiratory clinics are not overwhelmed with people who are not in the high risk groups, which could result in delays identifying those most vulnerable. People without symptoms do not need to be tested.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, headache, runny nose, or shortness of breath. Anyone with symptoms should isolate themselves from others.

Identification and isolation of contacts is a critical measure that limits the spread of COVID-19. Compliance with self-isolation by all contacts and returned travellers is essential.

When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of an epidemic through the community can be slowed.

This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community. It also reduces the impact of the epidemic on essential, life-saving health services by reducing the size of the peak of the epidemic so health services can continue to provide high quality care to all patients.

Everybody must play their part.

For advice and information about COVID-19 visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx


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16 responses to “Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Northern NSW in the space of a day”

  1. Anton says:

    Well UK Health does not consider covid -19 to be a High Consequence Infectious Disease HCID due to its low death rate… but the UK Gov like Australia seems intent on treating it as if it is. Is this just an epidemic of panic?

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid#status-of-covid-19

  2. Liz L says:

    Tell that to Italy and Spain

  3. Marie says:

    Let me tell you how china fudged the numbers . Italy and spain a disaster. This could be just the first wave ..

  4. Lynne says:

    What a stupid question….theres so much evidence in the literature and you present this from a country whose flailing response has changed midway due to the realisation of impending doom if another approach and course was not charted in response. It was the modelling that informed of several hundred thousand deaths that changed the mind of newly elected Boris.

  5. Michael Wiecek says:

    Does Anton have any medical knowledge???Would he be happy to be living in New York??The comment he has made is simply not helpful .

  6. Mike says:

    It may be 19th (?) On statistics for world causes of health related deaths but if govts did not take a strong stance , it would have moved up that ladder quickly..
    Anton is like many Australians, complacent and with an apathetic attitude towards this issue and that is why at least our prime minister can be thanked for taking his stance .Not like the NSW Health Minister.

  7. randy irvine says:

    Wake up! This is germ warfare! China has spread fear and panic across the world. It has crippled the financial economy worldwide. Next will be to invade. Forget about your toilet paper and your hairstyle. Wake up!

  8. PETER COX says:

    Life is only going to get worse. But more importantly information where the these outbreaks actually are might help people avoiding getting it

  9. Sonya says:

    The government has allowed passengers from two cruise ships, (Ruby Princess being one of them), to freely disembark in the past week with no Covid-19 screening or protocols. They then are preaching to the Australian public & getting health experts to preach to the Australian public about being responsible with self isolation & social distancing! What a joke that is. Focusing on people going to Bondi beach was a complete distraction from their own major negligence in protecting the public & no surprise we had a severe spike in cases in the days after passengers returned to home after their cruise & travel interstate!! Wow you don’t need to be a medical expert to figure what effect that will have on the Covid-19 numbers. So far I’ve not heard anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 from going to Bondi beach for the day. Sun, salt water, heat & people mostly keeping 2 metres apart hasn’t shown to be a problem. The sudden spike & spread is being linked to passengers from cruise ships. Thats an act of total negligence but I don’t see any consequences for any government official for that. Again government is focused on punishing the public if they break rules, but no consequences for them. The Australian public are likely to suffer the consequences of more severe restrictions directly resulting from these acts of negligence in the coming weeks & months.

  10. Alan Mosley says:

    They should have put everyone coming back from os in mandatory isolation in the desert for fourteen days the same way they did with those coming back from the Japanese cruise ship gloves should be mandatory outside as well as closing the Pacific Highway and all accommodation caravan Park s to inon essential travel and Close all council areas off to only local’s

  11. Liz L says:

    Mike you are joking about our PM aren’t you? The guy who went to a huge Hillsong convention (conveniently squeezed in before the ban), talked about going to the football and who now hectors us like naughty children with garbled illogical messages.

    The states, NSW and Vic in particular, have wanted to go harder and faster. They are the actual employers of all these services ( hospitals, teachers, ambos, police) having to send their employees into danger and listening to the legitimate concerns of their unions. They are watching their infection rates reach worrying levels but thwarted by the Jobson Growth brigade. Why was there such confusion last Sunday? Vic and NSW had one desire, the PM another.

    I’m sickened by grand statements about 66 billion dollar stimulus packages that don’t give anyone any relief for a least a month. How much misery is endured in that time? How much encouragement is therefore given to us to ‘stay home’? If there was a real desire to provide relief it would not be funnelled through CentreIink with its systems designed for maximum impenetrability.

  12. Robert Musgrave says:

    Could not agree more with the comments of Sonya, a mate of mine here in Goulburn was on that Ruby Princess, the captain did not inform passengers of the problem, it berthed perhaps illegally – we will ever know, they were handed a small piece of paper stating they had to stay home for 2 weeks, 2700 passengers just walked free, no checks, nothing until he saw some ambulances taking someone off the ship, he finishes that on 2nd next month, he told me he would have been happy to stay and isolate on the ship, for a ship to berth it has to have approval, a pilot, an assistant pilot taken out to the ship, a tug boat on standby and signed port approval, who gave that? Total irresponsibility by someone and now a lot of buck passing, no it’s not my fault, there will be no heads roll just more contmination and i hope not, people dying.

  13. Chris mcdermod says:

    Cant echo peter cox loud enough.
    Public should be informed of all hotspots and outbreaks instantly, instead of the hourly scoreboard of death and infections,

  14. Liz L says:

    How many new infections occurred in the crowds lined up outside Centrelink offices because, Stuart, the-dog-ate-my-homework Roberts didn’t have a strategy in place?

  15. Prunella says:

    Anton. It is people like yiu who are helping to spread this terrible virus. We should all be aware and diligent if we are to save as many lives as possible.
    If I had my way I would close all borders and allow shoping only.

  16. We're All In This Together says:

    Judgemental and incorrect. Everyone needs support to be their best now, I encourage you to be yours.

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