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The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of
concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is considered a casual
contact and must get tested and isolate until they get a negative result.

Ballina BIG W Ballina Cnr Kerr Street & Bangalow Road, Wednesday, 15 September,
11amto 11.45am

Ballina Coles Ballina Cnr Fox & Kerr Streets Thursday, 16 September, 10.45am to 11am

Ballina Northern Rivers Seafood 480 River Street Thursday, 16 September, 4.30pm to 4.50pm.

If you are directed to get tested for COVID-19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules given to you by Health staff, whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

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  1. These instances listed here precede the arrival (on September 18) of the positive case that put Byron and Tweed into lockdown.

    Justine Elliott’s Facebook page also contains the following.:
    “JUST IN – CASE ALERT
    3:30pm, Thursday 23 September

    NSW Health has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in the Tweed.

    This person acquired their infection in the ACT.

    UPDATE: The case has been in isolation throughout their time in Northern NSW. A small number of close contacts have been contacted directly by NSW Health, but there are no identified public venues of concern associated with this case.”

    Given that the instances in Ballina occurred over 10 days ago, and Tweed was in lockdown on September 23, is it would be great if NSW health was a little more forthcoming with the details. As far as I am aware there was nothing about these mentioned at Gladys’ presser today though details of cases in other regions were mentioned.

    I don’t want to pillory anyone or jump to conclusions but, with Byron and Tweed suddenly back in lockdown again after a short stint out, I think it’s reasonable that there be a public interest imperative applied to reporting here. As the reports seem to indicate that infection occurred outside the LGAs concerned, I think we are entitled to know the circumstances that are letting the virus in.

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