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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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According to the Northern NSW Local Health District, there are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents in the area.

New weekly testing figures show there were 18,198 tests conducted during the week of 8 – 14 August, almost double the previous week’s tally of 9,220.

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, said with the recent detections of virus fragments in sewage at Lismore, Ballina and Lennox Head, it’s vital that people take the highest precautions and come to get a test as soon as they feel even slightly unwell.

‘The more testing we have in our area, the more likely we are to be able to identify any new cases quickly, reducing the time they may be infectious in the community, and reducing the risk that they may pass it onto others.’

New drive through testing clinic

A new drive through testing clinic will open from tomorrow in Murwillumbah, to supplement the small number of other permanent testing facilities in that area.

The clinic is at the 4Cyte Pathology Drive Through clinic, Murwillumbah Railway Station, 250 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah. Open 7.30am to 3.30pm seven days.

Other clinics in Murwillumbah are:

• Murwillumbah Respiratory Clinic, 14 King Street, Murwillumbah. Open Monday to Friday from 9:15am to 4:30pm, appointments required.

• Murwillumbah Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 14 King Street, Murwillumbah. Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4:30pm, no appointment required.

The drive through clinic located at Bangalow Showground is now closed. People in the Bangalow region are encouraged to attend the Byron Central Hospital testing clinic, which is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Ms Weir said NNSWLHD appreciate the feedback received from our communities, and they are continually reviewing the demand at testing clinics across the District.

‘Alongside our own health staff, we have seen an incredible response from private pathology providers and other health care providers in responding to the needs of our community in dealing with these latest developments.

‘I sincerely thank each and every health worker, and every member of the community who has taken the health advice on board and is doing their part to keep our community safe.’


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10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

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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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Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

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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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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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Goonellabah drive-thru COVID testing this weekend at GSAC

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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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Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.