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Byron Shire Council says there was another detection of COVID-19 fragments in the sewage at Byron Bay last week.  It follows traces of the virus being found in recent samples from the Ballina and Lennox Head sewage treatment plants.

Byron Shire Mayor, Mayor Lyon said this is concerning. ‘People need to keep fronting up for testing so we can continue to get a clear picture of the state of play in the region.’

Testing centres are open at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road at Byron Bay and the Byron Central Hospital.

‘I am so pleased that there have been no new cases of COVID-19, not just in the Byron Shire, but the Northern Rivers, we all know that this can change very fast.’

Byron Shire will remain in lockdown until at least 28 August as outlined in the NSW Government’s public health orders.

‘Our quickest way out of lockdown is to show there is no COVID across the Northern Rivers,’ said Mr Lyon.

‘Like other councils in northern NSW, Byron Shire Council is working through the impacts of the strict regulations imposed at the Queensland border but I assure residents there will be no impact on the essential services we provide.

Information about COVID-19 is available on Council’s website.


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