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January 19, 2022

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

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Northern Rivers closing in on 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases

There were 962 COVID positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Northern NSW Health District in the 24 hours up to 8pm 11 January.

Nurses help patients stay connected

When you find yourself in a hospital, most of us have rushed out the door with our phones in our hands, and without the charger.

Carjacking in Ocean Shores, warrants issued

A young Ocean Shores man and his friends were recently held captive at knife-point and driven to Coolamon Scenic Drive by two young men before they escaped unharmed.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe...

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

Ballina Shire Council say they are working hard to keep our community and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To fulfil our obligation under the NSW Public Health Order, entry conditions to several Council facilities will temporarily change from Monday 11 October to Tuesday 30 November 2021.

From Monday 11 October all members of the public aged 16+ who attend the below Council’s facilities will be required to:

  1. Be fully vaccinated
  2. Sign in with the mandatory QR code (includes children)
  3. Wear a mask while indoors (persons aged over 12)
  4. Be prepared to provide evidence of exemption to police or authorised officers if these requirements cannot be met.

These entry conditions will be required at the following Council facilities:

  • Alstonville Aquatic Centre
  • Ballina Indoor Sports Centre
  • Ballina Visitor Information Centre
  • Ballina War Memorial Swimming Pool
  • Lennox Head Cultural Centre
  • Northern Rivers Community Gallery
  • Ignite Studios

We ask patrons entering these venues to be patient and respectful as our staff adjust to these new requirements.

For more information about the NSW Public Health Order and the roadmap for easing restrictions visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions

For more information about Council facilities and COVID-19 updates visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/Covid


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24...

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

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Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays...

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

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Northern NSW Local Health District COVID update for January 14

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 8pm last night, January 13, there were 905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District – this figure does not include positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) for the reporting period.

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Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances...

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

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The PM’s report from the National Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a media statement about the meeting yesterday of the National Cabinet.

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What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

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Govt offer pandemic payments 

There is now financial support of up to $750 per week for individuals who have lost work because they have had to isolate – or if you are caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine owing to COVID-19.

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Frontline health workers supported

It started, in classic Byron style, with a batch of bliss balls. The homemade treats were whipped up for the nurses at Byron Hospital by local, Sarah Armstrong, after she heard how challenging life had been for them during the Omicron outbreak.

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NNSWLHD ID-19 update for January 10

The Northern NSW Local Health District authorities report that to 8pm yesterday, January 9,  there were 778 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District.

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