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BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

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The Queensland government says essential workers traveling into the state will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Friday.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said on Monday most essential workers would already have received at least one dose of vaccine because health care workers, police and emergency services had been receiving vaccines since February.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said essential workers crossing the NSW/QLD border would be given priority access to vaccination before Friday.

The Queensland definition of an essential worker changed over the weekend and was limited to a short list of jobs mostly related to healthcare, policy, army work, air or maritime crew, emergency building or repairs.

Queensland Health said repairs could include:

  • a burst water service or a serious water service leak
  • a blocked or broken toilet
  • a serious roof leak
  • a gas leak
  • a dangerous electrical fault
  • flooding or serious flood damage
  • serious storm, fire or impact damage
  • a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply
  • a failure or breakdown of an essential service or appliance on the property for hot water, cooking or heating
  • a fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure
  • a fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage property or unduly inconvenience a tenant
  • a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area of the property that unduly inconveniences a tenant in gaining access to, or using, the property.

Dr Young said people from NSW should only be coming to Queensland if it was absolutely essential and services would fall over if those people didn’t cross the border’.

Queensland’s CMO also said border zone communities could expect to receive more more doses of COVID-19 vaccines as a priority and that she wanted nearly everyone aged 16 and older to get vaccinated.

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

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New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in...

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

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COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) have updated their list of venues of concern for the Lismore LGA.

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Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

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COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

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Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

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Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

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COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and...

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. And so the non-mandatory, mandatory jabs have commenced…

    and the division and segregation begins.

    What a sad, downwards slippery slope we are now on!

  2. And so the whingeing begins, as society is divided into those who are responsible and those who refuse to be.

    What a sad situation

    • To suggest one cohort is responsible while others with different opinions aren’t… before jab trails are complete (Jan 2023 for Pfizer), and while everybody (including “the science”) is still learning and long term issues are unknown…. is remarkable. It’s unhelpful and counter-productive, it simply riles people and therein lies the divide problem Shane.

      Latest reports from the US note the jabbed have same levels of virus transmission capability (stored in nasal cavity) as the non-jabbed.
      Source: USA, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Report July 30, 2021.

      We are bombarded with fear, worn down by lockdown and and riddled with angst.

      We rip into anyone who doesn’t share our opinions and the jabbed fear the “others” when they should feel protected one would assume. This is not balanced, measured thought processing and empathetic discussion.

      A reminder that the vast majority of people will be asymptomatic with this virus.

      PS. I was offered good $ to be part of a drug trail in the USA many moons ago when I was young and low on cash. Rang my parents who sent me money instead. Back then, one might suggest my folks actions were responsible given their responsibility to me. One might also suggest they were irresponsible if their duty was to the human race, not me in particular. Both are arguable, doesn’t mean one is more right than the other.

  3. Steve, you say that those who have been vaccinated should feel secure but at present that excludes most people under 18 and everyone under 12. Infection with this variant is much more common now in children so I can understand their desire to protect this cohort.

    Those of us vaccinated are not going to be stupid nor irresponsible enough to think that this will give us absolute protection from infection or from the potential to pass on infection so this oft trotted out line is a furphy.

    Don’t “quote” selectively and out of context from the CDC or think you have the expertise to infer advice from same.

    Don’t get vaccinated but stay in NSW as Qld don’t want you. Better still, stay home until the trials are completed to your satisfaction.

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