18.2 C
Byron Shire
June 16, 2024

Northern Rivers COVID restrictions lifting at midnight

Latest News

Self-defence explained

For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however...

Other News

AI’s invisible bystanders

In her Echo column last week, Mandy Nolan recommended literature for her daughter, including classics like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. 

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Wildly Talented Performers

NORPA has announced the cast who will light up the company’s much-anticipated show Wildskin, set to take audiences on a thrilling ride at Lismore Showground in September.

All the way with DJT?

With the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States now a convicted felon, what does it mean for Australia if Donald Trump returns to the White House, and what are the ramifications of our major military ally drifting into authoritarianism?

Cinema: The Way, My Way

This is the charming and captivating true story of a stubborn, self-centred Australian man who decides to walk the 800-kilometre-long Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain.

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

In today’s official update, Dr Jeremy McAnulty said ‘Temporary restrictions for Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council will be lifted at 11.59pm.’

Mask-wearing will no longer be compulsory, but remain recommended for people in public indoor settings.

Dr McAnulty emphasised that the relaxing of restrictions does not change the need for the large number of people in the Northern Rivers who are close contacts of cases to stop self-isolating.

‘These people must continue to isolate for the full fourteen days from their date of exposure, and get tested again at the end of this period,’ he said.

There are currently 39 cases of COVID-19 being treated in NSW (none in ICU), with test and vaccine numbers both well up on the previous week. 126,526 vaccines have now been administered by NSW Health.

Local testing issues

Chief Executive of Northern NSW Local Health District Wayne Jones said today, ‘The Northern NSW community’s response to the recent COVID-19 risk has been fantastic, with more than 10,000 people presenting for testing since it was confirmed Queensland cases had visited Byron Bay venues while infectious from 26-28 March.

‘This represents a ten-fold increase in COVID-19 testing when compared to numbers achieved in the region in the previous corresponding period,’ he said.

‘Of these 10,000-plus tests undertaken, 71 swabs were misplaced at a privately-run drive-through testing clinic at Cavanbah Sports Ground, Byron Bay however all 71 have since been located. The swabs were collected on Thursday 1 April and were to be transported to the laboratory for testing.’

Mr Jones explained that when it emerged the swabs had been misplaced, the clinic contacted all 71 people and asked for them to be re-tested. Twenty people presented for testing again before all of the original 71 swabs were located by the operator and sent to the laboratory.

‘Of the 71 people affected, 69 people have now received negative results and two people are still awaiting results, which are expected shortly,’ said Mr Jones.

‘We apologise to those people whose tests were misplaced and also sincerely thank those people who have presented for re-testing. The incident is being thoroughly investigated to avoid the risk of it happening again.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Israel/Gaza

Following certain developments over the last couple of weeks, it is starkly obvious that those at the ICC in the Hague believe that ‘c’...

Youth suicide?

ABC News reporting on youth suicide in remote communities at an alarming rate? The Elders are using Aussie Rules to keep youth occupied and...

Affordable housing

I’m wondering how long before the temporary emergency disaster relief housing project on Prince Street, Mullumbimby becomes permanent, or has that happened already? Don’t...

Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.