The Northern NSW Local Health District says that there have been no new confirmed cases of NSW-acquired COVID-19 reported in residents since 25 July, more than 100 days ago.
One new overseas-acquired case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a NNSWLHD resident last week, bringing the total to 60.
This latest case is a Byron Shire resident who acquired their infection overseas and has recently returned to Australia. This person is currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney, and was included in the NSW tally on 2 November.
The person will be released from isolation once health staff confirm that it is safe to
NNSWLHD cases by likely source of infection:
Overseas or interstate acquired 55
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case or in a known cluster 4
Locally acquired – source not identified 1
Under investigation 0
Testing critical as borders re-open
Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District Wayne Jones says authorities are again urging anyone with even mild symptoms to come forward for testing.
‘As border restrictions continue to ease, and people become able to travel in and out of the region more easily, testing remains one of the most important tools for finding and controlling the virus, even while case numbers are low in NSW.
‘Get tested on the day you get symptoms – don’t wait to see if they go away. Assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test, and remember there is no limit on how many tests you can have.
Mr Jones says that esting is quick, free, and easy, and most people receive their test result within 24 hours. ‘Our hospital – based testing clinics are open seven days a week.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
– If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay. Remain isolated until you receive your test result.
– Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
– Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
– Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back.
To find your nearest testing clinic visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.