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Initially they had name a massage clinic in Byron Bay but they have since named another clinic as the place where the COVID positive man visited.

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District Lynne Weir, said that anyone anyone who attended Byron Massage at 31 Lawson Street Byron Bay, on Monday 2 August, between 10am to 11am or Wednesday 4 August, between 10.45am – 12pm, is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result.

‘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.

‘The previously reported venue, Byron Massage Clinic in Bay Lane, Byron Bay, was incorrectly reported as a close contact location, and will be removed from the list.’

‘NSW Health will directly contact people who have been incorrectly identified as close contacts, providing them with updated advice about testing and self-isolation.

‘NSW Health does not disclose details about venues of concern unless there is a public health reason to do so.

‘When a confirmed COVID-19 case attends a public or private 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.

Ms Weir said that NSW Health appreciates the cooperation of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as we conduct contact tracing to keep the community safe.

‘Our close contact tracing teams work hard to protect the community during what is an extremely challenging time for everyone. Contact tracing relies on a variety of information, including case interviews, and data collected by QR codes.

‘As these investigations continue, information becomes clearer and some venues may change.

‘We encourage people to check the NSW government website regularly for the most recent information such as dates, times and locations: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/nsw-covid-19-case-locations/exposure-locations.

If anyone believes they have reliable information about potential locations where the COVID-positive case has visited, they should phone the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

‘We encourage people to continue to be on alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and to come forward for testing as soon as they appear.

‘At present, there are stay at home orders in place across four Local Government Areas to further protect the community and reduce the chance of undetected cases moving around the region. We strongly urge everyone to continue to abide by these restrictions, and thank the community for their actions to date.’


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