Long lines of cars have been queuing to access COVID testing at the drive-through Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay while businesses across the Northern River region close and children and schools are moved to home schooling. All this as a result of Rose Bay, Sydney man Mr Zoran Radovanovic and his two children visiting Byron Bay and surrounding areas while COVID–19 positive. He has now been charged for breaching public health orders.
Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District confirmed at 4.53pm, Wednesday 11 August, 2021 that there were no new confirmed cases of COVID–19 reported among residents of Northern NSW Local Health District at this point.
‘On Tuesday 10 August, more than 3000 tests were conducted at NSW Health and drive through clinics across the District, with many more conducted at other GP and respiratory clinics in the region. This comes on top of sustained high testing rates over recent weeks, with 9,177 tests conducted among NNSWLHD residents for the week of 1–7 August,’ she said.
Venues of concern
There is a more detailed list of venues of concern for the area with numerous sites in Bangalow, Byron Bay and Newrybar listed.
‘Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result,’ sid Ms Weir.
‘NSW Health sends a text message to people who have checked in at close contact venues with further information. We also make a follow–up call to close contacts to discuss the isolation and testing requirements. If you have not received a text message, please call 1800 943 553.’
- Harvest Newrybar Village 18, 22 Old Pacific Hwy Newrybar Sunday 1 August 2021 7.30– 7.45am
- Foodworks Shop 2/2 Byron St Bangalow Monday 2 August 2021 9.45 – 11.15am
- Byron Massage Clinic 6/4 Bay Ln Byron Bay Monday 2 August 2021 10am – 11am
- Westpac ATM 73 Jonson St Byron Bay Tuesday 3 August 2021 1.30 – 1.45pm
- Success Thai Food 3/31 Lawson St Byron Bay Tuesday 3 August 2021 1.15 – 1.45pm
- Woolworths Byron Bay 106 Jonson St Byron Bay Wednesday 4 August 2021 2.30 – 4.00pm
- Byron Bay General Store 26 Bangalow Rd Byron Bay Wednesday 4 August 2021 7.45 – 8.15am
- Byron Massage Clinic 6/4 Bay Ln Byron Bay Wednesday 4 August 2021 10.45am – 12pm
- Bangalow Pharmacy 23 Byron Street Bangalow Thursday 5 August 2021 11am – 11.30am
- Butcher Baker Cafe 13 Byron St Bangalow Thursday 5 August 2021 11.15 – 11.45am
- Sparrow Coffee 1A/32–34 Byron St Bangalow Thursday 5 August 2021 6.45 – 7.15am
- Bangalow Pharmacy 23 Byron Street Bangalow Friday 6 August 2021 11– 11.30am
- Izakaya Gallery KURA 8/4 Bay Lane Byron Bay Friday 6 August 2021 5.30 – 6pm
- Success Thai Foods 3/31 Lawson St Byron Bay Friday 6 August 2021 4.45 – 5.15pm
- Harvest Cafe Village 18, 22 Old Pacific Hwy Newrybar Saturday 7 August 2021 9.15 – 10.20am
- Woolworths 106 Jonson St Byron Bay Saturday 7 August 2021 12.45 – 1.45pm
- ZAZA Kebabs 8/4 Jonson St Byron Bay Saturday 7 August 2021 12 – 12.30pm
- Ampol Service Station 76/78 Shirley St Byron Bay Saturday 7 August 2021 11.45 – 12.15pm OZIGO
- Ozi Go Carwash Bayshore Dr Byron Bay Saturday 7 August 2021 11.30am – 12pm
- Japonaise Kitchen 2/25–27 Lawson St Byron Bay Saturday 7 2021 4.30 – 5.00pm
For the latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW go to NSW Health Infectious COVID page.
If you are directed to get tested for COVID–19 or self–isolate at any time, you are required to follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website. NSW Health does not disclose details about venues of concern unless there is a public
‘When a confirmed COVID-19 case attends a venue while possibly infectious, NSW Health carries out a risk assessment on that venue to determine whether other people may have been exposed, and whether there is a public health risk,’ said Ms Weir.
‘NSW Health takes proactive steps to contact all close contacts of the case, to give advice on testing, isolation, symptoms to be aware of, and their level of risk. All people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 self-isolate to ensure there is no ongoing risk of infection to others in the community. Close contacts are asked to get tested, and complete 14 days’ self-isolation, even if their initial test result is negative. 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.’
All the local testing clinics and their opening hours are listed on the NSW government website or, you can also contact your GP.
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