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Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, said the samples were collected on 15 September in East and South Lismore and 16 September in Byron Bay. ‘The East Lismore treatment plant serves about 17,000 people, the South Lismore treatment plant serves about 15,500 people and the Byron Bay treatment plant serves around 9,000 people.

‘While there are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern NSW Local Health District, these new detections are concerning and follow a detection at the Wardell treatment plant on 14 September.

Test could indicate there are positive cases in the community

Ms Weir said the detections could indicate there are positive cases in the community who have not been tested. ‘Detections can also be due to shedding of the virus by someone who may have previously had the illness and may no longer be infectious.

‘The detection could be due to someone in the area or someone who has since left the area, but we need everyone to remain vigilant and get tested at the first sign of even mild symptoms.’

To access at COVID-19 test, Testing clinics operating on Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September in Lismore and Byron Bay are located at:

Lismore Base Hospital, Uralba Street, Lismore opening at 9am

Lismore 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic, 47-49 Dawson Street, 2480, Lismore opening 8am to 2pm

Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathology, 62 Wyrallah Road, Shop 12, Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre opening at 8am

Goonellabah QML Pathology Drive-through and Walk-in Clinic, 50 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre (GSAC), Goonellabah opening at 8am – 3pm

Byron Central Hospital Fever Clinic, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay opening at 9am

Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay Saturday 18 September open until 3pm and Sunday 19 September from 9am – 2pm.

Testing clinics will be operating at Cabbage Tree Island Health Post from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September.

A drive through testing clinic will also be open from 10am – 2pm at the Wardell tennis courts on Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September.

You can find testing clinics and their opening hours on the NSW government website at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics or, you can also contact your GP.

Sewage testing results are updated daily at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/stats-nsw.aspx#map

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