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More than 40 in self-iso after contact with Northern Rivers exposure site

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Chinderah truck stop at the Ampol service station (northbound) near Murwillumbah turnoff as a possible infection site. Photo Google maps

Health authorities say they’ve classified more than forty people as Covid 19 close contacts via a Northern Rivers exposure site.

Two removalists with Covid-19 reportedly spent a night at Chinderah’s Ampol service station last week on the northbound side of the Pacific Highway near the Murwillumbah exit. 

The removalists arrived on the evening of Tuesday 13 July and left the next morning.

Northern NSW Local Health District Acting Chief Executive Lynne Weir said in a media release late Monday afternoon the close contacts were all self-isolating.

Ms Weir is reminding the community that all close contacts are required to get tested on days 1, 7 and 12 of self-isolation, and to complete a full 14 days of self-isolation even if they receive negative test results. 

Resources at testing clinics in the Tweed Shire have reportedly been boosted, including at The Tweed Hospital; the QML Pathology Drive through at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club; the South Tweed Heads 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through and a Walk-in Clinic at 157 – 161 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads.

Meanwhile, Queensland Health has declared the Tweed Shire an ‘orange’ area as a result of last week’s exposure.

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  1. In the Tweed Shire, before going South, there is a perfectly good ‘stop’ for trucks. It is never manned. Surely it makes sense for all the truck stops, all across the state to have these truck stops manned and drivers tested. We are all suffering for so called ‘economic’ rationality. Let the NSW Govt realise that WE ARE THE ECONOMY’ not the businesses, they are the off-shoots of us, the real ‘little people’ are the ones who drive the economy. Let also the Reserve Bank stop punishing Self Funded Retirees so that the wealthy can have low interest rates to skew the home market, get cheap loans and create a new divide.
    Let those who do not agree with me refrain from derogatory comment. It is enough that I have tried to be thoughtful in considering some of these matters.

  2. When I left a reply, you commented that I had previously left a reply, which I had not. Obviously you do not want any adverse comments.

  3. please please please Tell us WHERE did these guys go the next morning It’s been A WEEK and I have not been able to find ??? where they went..Qld hv verified Not to their state so where in NSW was it WE NEEDED TO KNOW last week The system is not telling us the whole truth Just what they think We need to know…that’s basically lies..meanwhile the Shire is declared a covid zone …

  4. And THEY wonder why we don’t trust them This happened 13 /14 July It’s now 23 July and STILL no update.. WHY WHY WHY But an entire shire is still getting tested and vaccinated and DOING THE RIGHT THING Whar a Joke? Our freedoms have been taken way but authorities are HIDING??? Surely the furniture got delivered??? There would have been a DESTINATION.. They are TREATING US WITH CONTEMPT I really felt ” someone” would have replied by Now but sadly not… meanwhile we are being Drip Fed bits of information that the Govt feels ” “HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” I would rather know THE REAL FACTS and make my decision based on that . Wonder if they will ever disclose THE FACTS of this case


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