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Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

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The BP Travel Centre at 41 Bruxner Highway, West Ballina. Photo FKG Group.

There are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents of Northern NSW Local Health District. That covers the area from below Grafton to Urbenville in the west and the Queensland border in the north.

Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District confirmed that the are ‘contact tracing investigations have resulted in additional information for the contact location – BP travel centre, West Ballina, on Friday 20 August’.

Anyone who attended the BP Travel Centre at 5–5.35am and 8–8.30am on Friday 20 August is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

‘If you are directed to get tested for COVID-19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules, whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.,’ said Ms Weir.

To find your nearest testing clinic visit Health NSW or contact your GP.

No fragments of COVID-19 were found in the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant at the last test. Photo Jeff Dawson

Sewage testing

No fragments of the COVID virus were detected in samples taken from the Ballina treatment plant on 19 August and Byron Bay treatment plant on Saturday 21 August.

‘There have not been any further detections among the 17 sites currently being tested between Grafton and Tweed Heads as part of the NSW COVID-19 sewage surveillance program across the state,’ said Ms Weir.

‘Samples are usually collected weekly and more frequently if there is a positive detection. Sewage surveillance can provide an important early-warning sign of potential COVID19 infections.

‘We treat positive wastewater detections seriously as they could indicate there are positive cases in the community who have not been tested. Detections can also be due to shedding of the virus by someone who may have previously had the illness and may no longer be infectious, or from someone who has since left the area.’


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January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

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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...

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

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

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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

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

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. We know the science on masks .. they don’t work. So with that proven fact along with the fact that some people can’t wear masks (o if they do they cause themselves harm) and with a supporting medical certificate to state as such,why are people being encouraged to oust people who don’t wear masks? It’s discrimination at best and bullying at worst. We love our community but it takes every individual to make a community what it is. Bullies are making it something else. Sad times.

    • Yes, according to WHO, masks are just one of a number of strategies. They say ‘Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19. If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work’, they say.

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