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In the aftermath of three infectious people staying in the Far North Coast area earlier in the month, surprisingly, NSW Health has to date reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the Byron Shire, or broader Northern Rivers.

In the hopes of nipping an outbreak in the bud, three testing centres will be open in the shire this weekend and residents are asked to continue to get tested.

The centres are at:

  • Byron Central Hospital on Ewingsdale Road (9am – 5pm)
  • Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road (8am – 1pm)
  • Bangalow Showground (9am – 12pm)

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, said to hear there are no more positive cases in the area is great news but it really is a waiting game to see if any more emerge over the next several days.’

‘No traces of COVID-19 have shown up in the tests that have been done on sewage from our four treatment plants and this is another good sign but people should understand the results that we are seeing at the moment are from samples that were taken two days ago.

‘The majority of people in our Shire are going out of their way to comply with the Public Health Orders and this is fantastic.

‘We all know that the only way to get businesses open, children back to school and some semblance of normal in our lives again is to do everything we can to stop any spread of COVID-19 and that means obeying the rules that are in place at the moment.

‘I am aware that the police will be out and about on the weekend so this is not the time to plan a sneaky surf at Lennox Head or Cabarita.’

The Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum will be closed this weekend, reopening on Monday to commercial customers only.

For information on COVID-19 including impacts on Council services, testing centres and links to NSW Health, is available on Council’s website.

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  1. “In the aftermath of three infectious people staying in the Far North Coast area earlier in the month, SURPRISINGLY, NSW Health has to date reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the Byron Shire, or broader Northern Rivers.”

    Didn’t we go through all this in the comments on the article concerning two Mullumbimby businesses fined for non-compliance with mask-wearing?

    Then, it was pointed out that there were no transmissions in Cairns despite the taxi driver supposedly having the ‘highly contagious” Delta strain for TEN DAYS while having loads of passengers in very close contact etc etc, and the woman in Townsville whom Qld Health said had 900+ contacts…and AGAIN NO TRANSMISSIONS.

    What’s surprising about any of this latest “Highly Contagious but not contagious AT ALL, exactly”?

    BTW: Will anyone be SURPRISED to hear that Poland DID NOT invade Germany as Adolf claimed in 1939? That that was nothing but a BS story to whip up fear…and division? To “justify” an insane drive for control and power?

    • Yes where is the follow-up by journalists on this?

      Super highly scary contagious, nasty virulent variant, fleeting contact danger… yet all the contract tracing is showing this isn’t the case.

      Please ask the questions Echo and hold politicians to account, they are scaring the children!

      • Yes, because we all know that one taxi driver in Cairns and three infected people in Northern Rivers are a sufficient sample on which to draw conclusions and negate all other findings.

        The findings for example from Sydney, where just two months ago the outbreak started with one OS case transported by a limo driver now eventuating in nearly 500 new infections a day despite a lockdown (admittedly a half hearted one).

        But as long as it suits the narrative who cares about sample numbers, controls and variables. Follow the science indeed!

        If we have escaped a spread, an “if” considering testing numbers and sewerage readings, we have been bloody lucky and I’m really happy.

  2. Look I agree Mantaray – something’s going on in places like Cairns and the Northern Rivers that works. My doctor won’t give me a prescription though for either ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine so if all those in the know out there can let me know where to get my hands on a supply I’d be really grateful.


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