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A Daily Mail story is claiming that ‘Byron Bay emerges as a coronavirus red zone’ with locals told to get tested ‘IMMEDIATELY’ for deadly COVID-19 even if their symptoms are mild.

The story goes on to say that ‘NSW Health has identified Byron Bay as a potential target for a rise in infections’ and that ‘while it only has 16 cases it is more than any other northern NSW council’, continuing with ‘Health authorities urged people in the town to get tested if they have symptoms’.

Echonetdaily spoke to Northern New South Wales Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reps over the weekend who said that anyone in areas of concern for community transmission in NSW who is feeling unwell with a fever and cough, should present to a local COVID-19 clinic or their local GP for testing. But, Byron Bay is not the only area of concern for community transmission, it is one of at least 11 other areas which may have a higher risk.

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In other areas, NSW Health recommends COVID-19 testing be focused on people with one or more of the key symptoms and risk factors such as contact with cases or medical history.

Doctors may also recommend testing if there is other clinical or risk information that makes COVID-19 more likely.

Testing on people with no symptoms cannot predict whether or not the person will become unwell after exposure to a confirmed case.

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  1. Do I detect an implied criticism here of the ‘Daily Mail’ with suggestions of sensationalism and fear monger in? Is there anything in the material you have quoted that is inaccurate?

  2. I think its ironic that the Dail Mail – which is not known for accurate journalism – is doing a better job of covering this story than the Echo ! Why isn’t the Echo asking how many cases there really are in Byron ? The NSW health department specifically says on its website “Cases without a valid NSW residential address are not shown” which could cover an awful of visitors who are unfortunate enough to be in a place its hard to socially distance.

  3. Byron Bay local GP’s regard Byron Bay as being a “hot spot” for COVID 19. Following is a quote from the website of one of these medical clinics “While community transmission has not yet been confirmed, there are some cases with an unidentified link to a likely source of transmission and/or the locality is popular with higher risk groups such as backpackers.”


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