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If you’re planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve, keep these simple reminders in mind for a COVID-safe celebration:

  • Don’t attend any events if you feel unwell.
  • Celebrate with a few close friends, rather than in large groups
  • Catch up outside if you can. If you are inside, open windows for ventilation
  • If you’re heading to a venue, wear your mask, check-in, and stay physically distant from others

The area breakdown of cases by LGA is:

Local Government Area Number of cases
Byron 114
Ballina 25
Lismore 32
Tweed 63
Clarence Valley 18
Kyogle 3
Richmond Valley 5


There are 15 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with four of these in ICU.

You can get tested at any of our hospital testing clinics in Tweed, Byron, Lismore and Grafton seven days a week. Other clinics may have reduced hours, so please check before attending.

Find your closest testing clinic on the NSW Government website or contact your GP.

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  1. COVID-19 is about .. and is about to increase exponentially, without any doubt.
    All the virus needs is a host to breathe it in and someone else with the virus to breathe it out
    If you feel well. don’t go out. What is there to celebrate for you will only bump into some drunken lout.
    If you feel unwell, don’t go out, for you will be COVID positive and you will spray that virus all about.
    If you feel wonderful, don’t go out, to meet all the depressed drunks throwing grog down their reddened snout.
    Don’t go out. Watch TV and be healthy on New Year’s Day, for tonight is going to be a virus-ridden rout.

  2. Its 4 Jan 2022 and Covid Cases are growing, trending up in Byron and the Tweed. 114 and 63 reported 31 Dec respectively. So you would think information on the opening hours of testing clinics would be to-update so as to reflect a workable truth for the public.
    NSW Govt Health website says states clinic open today til 3pm. Upon visiting the venue at around lunch time at 14 King St found it closed and an A4 notice taped to the wall that informed clinic would reopen on 13 Jan.
    Far enough its closed over new year for over worked staff that have been unsung real ‘heroes’ in all of this.
    But surely its not that hard to have real-time accurate information on the websites so folk can check the nearest clinic if you need testing.
    I mean its not that the government department has been not been administrating this site for years and it seems they either don’t care, or allow themselves a level of mediocrity that just incompetent and screams a lack of foresight and planning with some thing you would think was doable when real lives and subsequent suffering are the consequences of such shoddy poorly delivered outcomes i.e. updates. True unbelievable.


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