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September 17, 2021

No new cases of COVID so far in Northern Rivers – but check updated close-contact venues

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The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

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.’

Exposure sites:

  • 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.’

Testing clinics

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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  1. ‘No new cases so far….’ There’s been three cases confirmed by local authorities in the Northern Rivers but according to NSW State gov there’s only been one counted…..why hide the true figures?

  2. I hope any positive results in the regions are being announced as soon as they are known. The numbers announced at each day’s presser have a cut off of 8pm on the previous night. That would probably exclude the results of most tests taken yesterday.

  3. How hidden are the true figures if you know them? Did you have to go to some dark place on the internet to find out? It appears our covid hoaxing, rights removing overlords just aren’t smart enough to remember to tell the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian & Echo (and probably a plethora of others) to not report the ‘true’ figures. As far as I can see they’re hidden in full view.

    • Just curious why they are not listed on the NSW state gov stats. It still only shows that goose, Mr Zoran from Rose Bay as the only positive case in this region.

  4. Worth noting is that Radavanovic did not attend the business, Byron Massage Clinic, that is listed. He did attended “a Byron Massage clinic”, but he doesn’t know its name. It was not the business “The Byron Massage Clinic”, which keeps impeccable records of their clients. Unfortunately, they have slandered as a result of Radavanovic ‘s poor memory & recall and also his lack of using QR codes. Most unfortunate; i’m sure NSW Health will clarify soon enough. What it means is that he did go to another, as yet un-named, clinic in Byron. Heaven only knows who he passes it on to there – especially as he didn’t like mask wearing and it is impossible to maintain social distancing in any clinic space, but especially a massage, physio, chiro or osteo clinic.

  5. these people need to be jailed. I dont know why they are just given a fine and a slap on the hand. They are knowingly putting other people at risk and there should be a jail sentence. They are selfish with a don’t care attitude, lets make them care. Yes we are all frustrated we want our lives back to normal, but this will not happen if these people get off so lightly. Ok if you dont want the jab,at the moment it is everyone’s choice, mandatory sign and wearing of masks is not a big ask


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