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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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NNSWLHD has been notified of a new casual contact venue visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 who travelled between Sydney and Brisbane for work.

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Byron’s CBD heights limits pushed – again 

The developer behind a new, multi-storey motel to be built in central Byron Bay has applied to further increase the height of the building, despite having already been allowed to exceed the maximum height limit for that part of town.

Queensland Health says the state recorded nine locally acquired cases yesterday, seven linked to the ‘Indooroopilly cluster’, one in the Cairns community and one on the Gold Coast currently under investigation.

The seven cases linked to the cluster were in quarantine and as a result, are not a risk to the community.

The cases take the cluster to 109, which includes 69 people aged 19 or under.

This includes 49 students and four teachers. Five schools are associated with this cluster.

There are more than 15,000 contacts associated with the cluster, including more than 11,000 in home quarantine. Of these, more than 400 are health workers.

SEQ lockdown lifted, some restrictions remain 

From 4pm yesterday, Sunday 8 August, the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland came out of lockdown. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young applauded Queenslanders for pulling off something truly special.

Dr Young said communities and families across south east Queensland had made significant sacrifices. ‘I would like to thank everyone in the 11 local government areas who has remained vigilant and followed the restrictions brilliantly,’ said Dr Young.

‘Although several restrictions will remain to ensure everyone’s wellbeing over the next two weeks, I am so pleased we can do that only a week after we implemented it.

‘Please continue wearing masks, practising good hygiene and maintaining social distancing. This is imperative, and I know we will all do the right thing for one another.’

What’s changed from 8 August 2021

Some restrictions will continue to apply for the next two weeks, including:

  • Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person.
  • Schools will reopen, with all staff and high school students wearing masks
  • 10 people in your home, including people who live there
  • 20 at weddings and funerals
  • Businesses and venues with one person per four square metres, or 50 percent capacity with seated, ticket allocations
  • Community sport not permitted
  • Avoid travelling to regional Queensland
  • Visitors allowed to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation

Cairns lockdown until Wednesday 11 August at 4pm

A positive COVID-19 case was discovered in Cairns on Saturday night, prompting a 3-day lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah communities starting today, 8 August at 4pm and scheduled to end Wednesday, 11 August at 4pm.

It is vital that Queenslanders follow the lockdown procedure for the next three days to ensure we can suppress any spread of this variant.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the decision was made to protect the Cairns and Yarrabah community as the case was in the community during their infectious period for 10 days. ‘The case has been sick for a long time, out in the community and driving people around,’ said.

‘There is a real risk that this could spread and that is why we must go early.

‘The lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah communities will initially be three days, and I genuinely hope that’s all that is needed.

‘Please, let us stick to the letter and the spirit of the direction for the next few days and support each other through this.”

More information will be available on the Queensland Health website soon.

Contact tracing and fever clinics

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, no matter how mild, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

Additional testing clinics and capacity is being added to facilities in Cairns.

We are asking all Queenslanders to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice.

Public health alert – new exposure sites for Manunda, Parramatta Park and Cairns City

A public health alert is being issued for contact tracing location in Manunda, Parramatta Parka and Cairns City.

More than 300 exposure sites are published on the Queensland Health contact tracing webpage and Queenslanders are reminded to keep checking the list.

If you have been to a listed location in the specified timeframe, follow the public health advice.

Contact tracing venues can be found at Contact tracing (exposure sites) — coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, no matter how mild, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

To access a full list of COVID-19 testing locations, with interactive map and post code search, visit www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.


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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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COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

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Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

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COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

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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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Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

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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

With the community in lockdown, Lismore City Council says it is important for to get tested for COVID-19, even if you only have the mildest of symptoms. 

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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.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

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.