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A Northern NSW Local Health District spokesperson says there have been no new confirmed cases of locally acquired COVID-19 reported in Northern NSW Local Health District residents since 25 July, 158 days ago.

One new case has been recorded in a Tweed Shire resident on 26 December who acquired the infection overseas. This person is currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney, and will be released from isolation once health staff confirm that it is safe to do so.

Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District Wayne Jones said that while testing rates have dropped in the last day or two in line with the NSW trend, the service was pleased to see high numbers of people coming through the  testing clinics over the Christmas period, with around 2,600 tests conducted in the past week.

‘We have now reached more than 90,000 tests conducted across the District, an outstanding milestone.’

Anyone with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, is asked to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

NNSWLHD cases by likely source of infection:

Overseas or interstate acquired – 58
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case or in a known cluster4
Locally acquired – source not identified1
Under investigation0

Total 63

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.


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Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

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Brisbane Airport green zone breach update

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Anzac Day commemorated across Australia

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Ballina Council debates waiving Seagulls debt

The matter of over $15,000 owing to Ballina Shire Council by the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League for unpaid rates was discussed at council's last meeting.

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Vehicle sanitisation stations roll out

Enhanced safety measures for point to point transport such as taxis, hire and rideshare vehicles are being rolled out in Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore with the opening of three free temporary vehicle sanitisation stations.

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Dili facing double disaster

The capital of East Timor, Dili, is reeling after flood waters swept through the city on the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead. The President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo, described the floods as a 'great calamity'.

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Northern Rivers COVID restrictions lifting at midnight

NSW Health has confirmed that COVID-related restrictions for the Northern Rivers will be lifted at midnight tonight (Monday 5 April).

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COVID testing encouraged in the NNSWLHD

On Easter Sunday afternoon the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) has thanked the community for coming forward in large numbers for COVID-19 testing, with more than 10,000 tests conducted in the region in the past week.

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Face masks for Ballina and Byron businesses

As masks become harder to find across the Northern Rivers following the latest COVID-19 health alert, NSW Health has provided masks for business operators in Ballina and Byron Shires.

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UPDATE: Thousands of COVID tests conducted across northern rivers

The Byron Shire community and visitors have come forward in large numbers for testing following the alert of two COVID positive visitors coming to Byron Bay last weekend.

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