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No new COVID-19 cases in 19 days – Northern Rivers

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Coming into the winter season, many residents of the Northern Rivers who have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), have been relieved to find out they have a common cold.

With over five and a half thousand tests been carried out in since the last update (yesterday), and a drop in active cases from 685 to 661, it would appear that New South Wales dwellers are getting something right.

In the Northern Rivers, the stats say there have been no changes to the number of COVID-19 cases in NNSWLHD since their last update on Friday, in fact, there have been no new cases in the area since April 15: that’s 19 days.

As at 8pm Sunday 3 May there were 56 cases, with 45 people having recovered so far.

Byron Bay no longer a ‘hot spot’

It would appear that Byron Bay has been removed from the NSW list of ‘cluster’ areas, with the hot spots now all within an hour’s drive of Sydney.

Stats show that in Northern NSW there have been 56 cases, 6,542 tests, with 0.86 per cent testing positive, which is 18.04 cases per 100,000 residents compared to South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney at 70.10 and 56.76 cases per 100,000 residents respectively.

There were 2 107.86 tests per 100,000 residents.

NSW stats stand at:

3033 total confirmed cases including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities

2328 recovered

661 active cases – ** Active cases in our system of case follow up is a calculation based on total cases excluding persons recovered and lives lost, it does not necessarily mean that these cases are infectious

44 lives lost

245,666 people tested and cleared

Table: Confirmed cases, tests, percent positivity and rates of cases and tests per 100,000 residents

Local health district Cases Tests Percent positive Cases per 100,000 residents Tests per 100,000 residents
South Eastern Sydney 673 36332 1.85 70.17 3788.13
Northern Sydney 533 33946 1.57 55.76 3551.14
Nepean Blue Mountains 171 15961 1.07 43.74 4082.22
Sydney 249 24046 1.04 35.74 3451.07
Central Coast​ 116 9945 1.17 32.87 2818.37
Hunter New England 277 28231 0.98 29.08 2964.25
Illawarra Shoalhaven 113 11748 0.96 26.93 2799.72
Western Sydney 277 28337 0.98 26.29 2689.96
Southern NSW 55 4091 1.34 25.34 1884.64
South Western Sydney 237 25402 0.93 22.82 2445.95
Mid North Coast 50 4964 1.01 22.16 2199.72
Northern NSW 56 6542 0.86 18.04 2107.86
Western NSW 45 4992 0.90 15.79 1751.51
Murrumbidgee 46 4259 1.08 15.43 1428.67
Far West 2 656 0.30 6.63 2176.22
NSW Total 3033 248699 1.22 37.05 3038.11


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