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Stay-at-home orders for Byron and Tweed

‘As you know, it was announced today by the New South Wales Government that there are new stay-at-home orders for the Byron and Tweed LGAs. They come into effect from 5pm today, and this also includes anyone who has been in the Byron and Tweed area since the 18th of September. That and stay at home is for seven days at this stage.

‘Until 8pm Last night we had no new cases confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern New South Wales.

‘The new COVID case on the Ballina flight – contact tracing is still underway, one location has been confirmed at present, and others will be reported as soon as that is finalised.

‘At this stage we are unaware of any other locations, apart from the Ballina airport, and further contract tracing is in place to identify and look at the times for all the sites in Byron Bay. We believe that Byron Bay will have quite a few sites. So that is an area of concern for us and we encourage everybody in the Byron-Tweed area to come forward for testing.

Ms Weir said that a new close contact venue was the Kingscliff Beach Hotel on Marine Parade, and that the confirmed case was there on Sunday 19 September between 4pm and 9pm. ‘It is just vital that people who were there come forward and be tested, and then isolate at home for 14 days, even if they get a negative result.

Sewage fragments detection

Ms Weir said there have been more sewage detections. ‘We retested Wardell and Ballina and they have both come back with positive detection, again, so we’re looking again at whether we can it should increase testing in those areas, again, anybody in those areas, please come forward and be tested.

Ms Weir said she was unable to give any more details about the Lismore cases or the new Ballina fly in case, but she did say the second Lismore case was a close contact of the first case.

See the video of the conference for more details.

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