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‘NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plant at Bryon Bay,’ they say on the NSW Health website.

The COVID-19 fragments were detected following samples taken from the Byron STP on Tuesday, 20 July .

‘There are no known cases in this area, which is of great concern,’ state BSW Health.

The sewage treatment plant serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise, and Broken Head.

‘Everyone in the area is asked to be especially vigilant for symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again,’ say NSW Health.

Fever Clinics in Northern NSW

There are four (4) hospital Fever Clinics in the Northern NSW Local Health District. They are located at:

To find the closest testing clinic near you go to NSW Health testing clinics.

The purpose of these clinics is for people who have respiratory symptoms or fever and who are at risk of COVID-19, for example because they were in contact with a COVID-19 case, or have returned from overseas in the 14 days before onset of symptoms.

People do not need to call ahead to attend these clinics. If attending another Emergency Department for assessment of COVID-19, please advise staff immediately on arrival. You can also phone (not visit) your regular GP for advice and to arrange testing.

For a full list of clinics in NSW, and information on what to expect when getting a COVID-19 test, such as self-isolating and getting your results, visit:

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    • So hope so! If we all do the right thing, we can control the virus! I live in mullumbimby just up the hill, been a resident here for over 5years now! Before that Rosebank! I find Mullumbimby residents think their well beyond the law. Not all …but a large amount.
      Driving through mullum, you have take your life in your hands. Even walking along the pavement, may be run over by bike. Resident’s are blaming tourists. Far from it.
      We can knock this virus out, but we need to stick together, not think we are above it all.

  1. I don’t understand how a photo and video crew have just arrive into the area to shoot for Seafolly when the whole team is from Sydney…. It’s bloody crazy… Too much risk….

  2. Yes Covid is out there, but can we PLEASE start to discuss how many people are actually sick?

    We know a large swathe of the population will be asymptomatic.

    The fear and scaremongering narrative of Covid is not justified by the science or data.

    Yet there is no similar language (fears, concerns, worry) associated with any reporting of side effects from the jab after yet another “rare” death of a 44 yr old bloke from an adverse jab reaction in Tasmania this week sadly.

    One must wonder and be free to discuss the probability of whether a gent like him would have survived Covid without the jab (given age and health status) versus actually surviving the jab?

    Covid is a concern for many but if we shut down debate, our freedoms are finished and for me, that is the greatest concern.

    • How many people are actually sick?

      Evidently a little over 10% of the 395 cases in NSW

      “On Thursday, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant revealed 40 COVID-19 patients were now in hospital, with 11 of those in ICU – an increase of four overnight.
      Seventeen of the hospitalised patients are under the age of 55 and, of those, 10 are under 35.”

        • Shocking………. but that was long ago back in history in the days of the terrible oldie flu.
          Probably not true (even then), government have always lied and media misled and doctors spineless individuals following Order.

        • Yes Steve, but the “no loss of freedoms” is the telling part. The numbers we are looking at now are despite measures of containment. Look at the exponential growth that has occurred in poorer countries or, closer to home, Melbourne last year with close to 800 deaths. How many more would there have been without the long hard Victorian lockdown, masks curfews etc.

          These considerations probably explain our zero tolerance for cases circulating in the community – especially the Delta variant.

  3. What fragments did they find exactly? Protein or RNA
    In the case of RNA
    Wouldn’t the RNA be degraded due to ubiquitous nucleases in the environment? How could it be detected.
    Where did they take the sample from? What part of the sewage works?
    What analysis did they do on the amplified sequence?
    Did they sequence this and confirm it is actually covid-19 or is it just a coronavirus?
    Or is it just an amplified fragment of something else?
    What primer sequences did they use for the PCR? What length are the primers? Are they homologous to other known sequences?
    Are the primers of low specificity to types of coronavirus or anything else?
    How many thermocycles of PCR were performed?

    Since no one has died or became seriously ill in the shire? What is the issue? The vulnerable groups have been vaccinated, so what to fear, fear? Maybe, the vaccinated are symptomless when they are infected? When will the totalitarianism end?

    • I see you are trying to sound sciencey, but this is really all just gibberish. It is well-established that RNA from SARS CoV2 can be detected in sewage. And of course the sequences they look for are specific to this particular virus. There is an issue as to whether such fragments have been shed from a person who is still infectious – it’s quite possible that this may be someone who was previously infected but is no longer infectious, but that’s not something you’ve raised. And as to the vulnerable groups having been vaccinated – in your dreams – the federal government has so comprehensively stuffed up the vaccination program that many vulnerable people have been unable to get the vaccine.

  4. It is confounding to say the least to see the increasing numbers of unmasked people in shops and cafes around Byron and Mullumbimby… news must’ve spread via the grapevine pretty damn fast that you can “defy ” the mask wearing advices. Sheeple? Who’s following who’s advice? thankfully, some clarity now via NSW Health (from BSC Community e news). But maybe those defiers will class it “fake news”…

    “The NSW Government has also updated the current public health order, which now requires those unable to wear a mask to carry evidence from a registered medical practitioner of their medical exemption.
    “Let’s work together to protect each other and the Shire from what could be a potential outbreak of COVID-19.”
    For the latest COVID-19 information visit the NSW Health Website
    Please – mask up Byron Shire!

    • Re: “now requires those unable to wear a mask to carry evidence”

      Correct and such evidence can also be a Statutory Declaration to be shown to a police officer (if requested).
      If questioned by anyone else need only say that you have lawful reason.

  5. The push is on to increase testing rates……. more tests = more lock-down = more vax…. twice a year forever, even the kids !!!!!!!!!!

    Of course the tests are phony…. a measure of nothing but a tool of tyranny.

  6. I cannot believe there are still people believing this absolute rubbish, you honestly have to be that gullible to believe such far fetched garbage and without question…. My god how stupid people have become… sad. Yes folks, they’ve found fragments of make believe scary bullshit in your shit farm… better not leave your house. You scared scared week humans

    • You know Matt, sometimes shit happens even in the Byron Shire. I like an observation tho I read elsewhere (can’t claim it for myself) that “ for decades people in the Byron Shire have thought their shit doesn’t stink. Unfortunately Covid testing proved them wrong!”.

  7. Yer, won’t let the truth be posted will you??
    When it’s all done you’ll have to live with yourself. Scaring people. Ridiculous


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