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Though the Northern NSW Local Area Health District are yet sent out an official press release, but a screen shot from a memo from St Vincent’s Hospital is being widely circulated.

The memo, sent to staff at Saint Vincent’s Hospital Lismore, has spilt the beans on a local COVID-19 case.

The memo, sent to all staff at Saint Vincent’s Hospital, is signed by CEO Steve Brierly.

‘We have been advised by Lismore Base Hospital that they admitted a patient yesterday who is COVID-19 positive.

The memo goes on to say that: ‘We understand the patient may have travelled from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay where the patient stayed for the last five days. Since then it is believed that the patient has been active in the community and has visited locations in Ballina, Lismore and Casino.

‘We have not been provided with any details of those locations but we understand contact tracing commenced earlier today.’

The Echo hopes to have further updates during the afternoon.


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