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Lennox Head residents and visitors are being called on to get tested following COVID-19 virus fragments again being detected in the Lennox Head sewage treatment plant.

‘Detection of fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been found in samples collected from the Lennox Head sewage treatment plant on Sunday 15 August, following an original detection at that site on 12 August,’ said Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW HD).

‘The Lennox Head sewage treatment plan serves approximately 7,700 people. We are very concerned about what these results mean for our community.

‘Given this second detection, it’s likely there is someone in the community who is infected with the virus, perhaps unknowingly. So that you can protect both yourself and our wider community, we strongly urge anyone who is even slightly unwell to come forward for testing immediately, then isolate until they receive a negative result,’ she said.

Drive through testing

A new testing clinic has been opened at the sports field opposite Epiq Marketplace in Lennox Head for three days to facilitate increased testing required.

The new testing clinic is operational today and will be open at the following times this week:

  • Wednesday 18 August, 9am – 2pm
  • Thursday 19 August, 9am – 2pm
  • Friday 20 August, 9am – 2pm

Other testing clinics in the Lennox Head and Ballina area are:

  • Lennox Head Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 62 Ballina Street, Lennox Head. Open Monday to Friday 7am to 3.30pm. Appointments required.
  • Ballina 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through clinic. 319 River Street, Ballina. Open seven days a week, 7am – 2pm. Appointments not required.
  • Ballina Respiratory Clinic, 92 Tamar Street, Tamar Shopping Village, Ballina. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm. Appointments required. PAGE 2 OF 2
  • Ballina Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology. 90 Tamar Street, Ballina. Open Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.30pm.

Appointments not required. To find your nearest testing clinic, visit or contact your GP.

‘COVID-19 is a serious illness, and as we have seen, affects people of all ages,’ said Ms Weir.

Getting tested ‘not only helps our public health teams respond quickly, it also means that if you do become more severely ill, we can provide necessary medical care and treatment,’ she said.


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  1. Why does NSW Health keep giving the wrong message by limiting its testing to people with ‘even the slightest symptoms’.
    If, as they themselves say in this report, “it’s likely there is someone in the community who is infected with the virus, perhaps unknowingly”, then the person/s in question is/are probably asymptomatic. So why do they keep saying they “strongly urge anyone who is even slightly unwell to come forward for testing immediately”? They should be asking EVERYONE in the community to come forward for testing, surely!

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