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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

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Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances the night away

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Ballina’s new Greens councillors ready for action

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Tweed Councillor James Owen says that we need the NSW and QLD governments to work together to establish a NSW/QLD border region before any hard border closure between the two states. Photo supplied.

As health restrictions and the Sydney lockdown continue in NSW, residents in the border region are bracing themselves for the possibility that the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk may close the border.

Tweed Shire Councillor James Owen says he is imploring the NSW and QLD governments to work together to establish a border region – with passes that last at least 14 days – prior to any decision on a closure.

‘In the past, the border has been slammed shut with little to no notice, and we have been left scrambling for a way forward.

‘This is not about politics, Liberal or Labor, blue or red, this is about people’s lives, their livelihoods and their mental health. Our elected representatives need to stop the politicking, mud-slinging and scaremongering, and start proactively advocating for our border community. Aren’t we all in this together?’

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said yesterday that for the moment the border will remain open. Photo supplied.

The Queensland Premier said yesterday that at this stage she has no plan to close the border, but as COVID cases continue to rise in Sydney and surrounds, there are no guarantees.

Cr Owen says border communities, by nature, are intrinsically linked. ‘Ours is no different. Many people in the Tweed Shire cross the border daily, some multiple times, for a variety of reasons – work, school, medical appointments, sport.

‘Life in our border community has never been harder, or more uncertain. We need the NSW and QLD governments to work together to establish a NSW/QLD border region before any hard border closure between the two states, and we need those that we have elected to office to start proactively advocating for us to make our lives easier, and to give us the certainty that we deserve.’


 

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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

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1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24...

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

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Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays...

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

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Northern NSW Local Health District COVID update for January 14

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 8pm last night, January 13, there were 905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District – this figure does not include positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) for the reporting period.

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Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances...

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

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The PM’s report from the National Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a media statement about the meeting yesterday of the National Cabinet.

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What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

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Govt offer pandemic payments 

There is now financial support of up to $750 per week for individuals who have lost work because they have had to isolate – or if you are caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine owing to COVID-19.

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Frontline health workers supported

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I hope so too but the way the NSW govt is dealing with this outbreak would not inspire the confidence of the Qld government.

    This is an unbelievable situation – basically anyone can travel from the hottest of Sydney areas to the regions to do “essential” work.

    Kerry Chant pleads for people to give this the strictest possible interpretation while Brad Hazzard (looking decidedly bored) says it’s all too hard to define but an employer and employee will together know what’s essential. As if! And it’s not like there’s much at stake here, Brad.

    From today’s presser it seems a Sydney painter took the virus to Goulburn. Who knows what the next seeding “essential” work will be – tattooing? Relying on common sense doesn’t work!!! Especially it seems from this government!

    Please could all our construction companies and other employers apply some integrity and use locals to avoid any seeding here.

    We in the regions are sitting ducks and Qld has every cause to shut the border!

    PS
    I’m quite sure that I will attract all sorts of comments about how there is no Covid 19 and how I’m just the willing dupe of an international conspiracy to enslave us all.
    Fine – let me make it quite clear that my comments are based on the assumption that there are some elements of truth in the reporting coming from Sydney.

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