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Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.

Fragments of the COVID-19 virus were detected in samples collected from the Ballina sewage treatment plant on 12 August and the Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Ballina region with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested.

Acting Chief Executive, Ms Lynne Weir said there are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported among residents of the District, but the fact virus fragments were detected in the local sewage indicated the virus could be circulating in the area.

‘It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately.

‘When testing clinics are busy, please ensure you stay in line, identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms or are a contact of a case.’

Ms Weir say today that the community is urged to check the NSW Government website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The list of venues and transport routes is updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

There are more than 440 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.

As well as being present in stools, viral fragments can enter the sewer when washed off hands and bodies through sinks and showers.

The Ballina sewage treatment plant serves about 31,100 people.

Usual sewage treatment processes inactivate, or kill, the COVID-19 virus.

The NNSWLHD is also urging people to check the Commonwealth Government’s https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility- checker for vaccination and, if eligible, to book an appointment for a vaccination as soon as possible.

 


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A COVID summer: Limited vaccines and unhurried leadership leave Byron exposed

Lack of vaccines is responsible for low vaccination rate, not vaccine hesitancy. The impending lifting of the Sydney lockdown threatens people's health in the Northern Rivers and may lead to the region’s hospital capacity being overrun.

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New COVID-19 cases in Byron, Kyogle and Casino

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.

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Covid 19 virus fragments in Ballina Shire and Grafton sewage

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Ring of steel called for as Byron and Tweed locked down...

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Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

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