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Update:

A further case has also been confirmed in the Kyogle area after 8pm last night, this
person is a close contact of the first Kyogle case and will be included in tomorrow’s
NSW Health numbers.

‘Investigations into this case are underway, and information about public exposure
venues will be provided as soon as possible,’ said Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District.

Original story:

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight. Another case has also been identified at the Casino Food Co-op CEO (meat processor) according to the ABC.

‘One case has been confirmed in the Byron Bay area, while a second case has been confirmed in the Kyogle area,’ said Northern NSW Local Health District (NSWLHD) spokesperson.

‘Initial investigations indicate that both people had been infectious in the community, with contact tracing and investigations currently under way.’

‘We are urging people right across our District to come forward for testing at the first sign of any COVID-19 symptoms. Find your closest clinic here.’

Kyogle drive-through

A new drive-through clinic will be open in Kyogle.

  • Kyogle Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Drive Through clinic – Kyogle Visitor Information Centre, Cnr Summerland Way and Anzac Drive. Open from 9am – 3pm, no appointments required.
  • This clinic replaces the testing clinic at McKid Medical Centre for the time being.

Byron Bay

The drive-through clinic will also be open at Byron Bay.

  • QML Drive through testing clinic – Cavanbah Sports Ground, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, open from 10am-4pm. Appointments not required.
  • Byron Central Hospital, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay. Open from 9am – 5.30pm, seven days. Appointments not required.

‘We will provide more information as soon as it is available, including any exposure venues of public concern,’ said the spokesperson.

Casino

According to the ABC ‘The Casino Food Co-op CEO Simon Stahl said the administration staff member was isolating, along with at least 10 close and secondary contacts.

‘Mr Stahl said he was quietly confident that meat processing operations will resume at Casino on Thursday.’

Other testing clinics in the Casino region are:

Casino Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 166 Canterbury Street, Shops 3-4, RSM Centre, Casino. Open 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Appointments not required.

Casino Respiratory Clinic, 107 Barker Street, Casino. Open 9am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Appointments required.

Casino 4Cyte Pathology Drive Through clinic, Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Open 7am – 3pm Monday to Friday, appointments not required.

There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. This is so ridiculous please stop locking us down in prison with this cases of covid. It need to stop coming in and out of lockdown and then get people’s hopes up by announcing tweed Shire coming out of lockdown we need to start to live with covid like most other viruses. Please think of People mental health ect.

  2. I guess this information just got swept under the carpet . No mention on the tv . No media reporting it . Except the echo who got their info off the abc . This is a major concern . Why would they not report on it ??

  3. Naturally people’s mental health is important BUT death is worse ,than any mental anxiety. Listen to the people who have contracted the Delta virus , pleading (many who were unvaccinated) for everyone to get vaccinated. We can not afford to have a major outbreak here our hospital system just could not cope….simple. Talk to nurses & health care workers (I have) who are also pleading for everyone to get vaccinated. This is a rotten, extremely contagious disease that does not respect borders/ age or gender or socio economic backgrounds. IF our community honestly believes in ‘togetherness & kindness’ NOW is the time to show it regardless of your philosophy . I don’t trust Govt’s either, but I do believe that many academics are TRYING to save our butts.

  4. My comment from 18 months in Portugal.
    You will not stop this virus and at best only slow it down but the cost of constant lockdowns is too great
    The way out – make vaccination available for those 1.3% of the population who are most at risk – the obese, diabetics and those with heart disease and cancer primarly – and then just live with it , but live with it sensibly.
    High intakes of D, C and Zinc with daily throat cleansing will keep any virus at bay.
    Sorry for talking sense and not stoking the fear. Sorry for disrespecting the politicians mania for 80% vaccination.

    • Mac this doesn’t show much understanding of the way a country’s vaccination program is designed to work. Google “herd immunity” to get a better picture.

      I take it you don’t fit into the categories you mention but you’ve failed to mention the increasing vulnerabilities that come progressively with age – starting with 20+ I believe. I don’t know where you got the 1.3%. The obesity rate alone is around 30%.

      Best to leave the health advice to the medical profession who may have a better handle on both the immunology and the data.

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