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A spokesperson for Northern NSW Local Health District told The Echo this morning that around 600 schoolies were provided with Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) at the Ballina-
Byron Gateway Airport on Saturday ahead of their departure from Byron Bay at the conclusion of their booked vacation.

These individuals included those who had been guests at the Discovery Park Byron
Bay, and others who had been staying in other accommodation throughout the town.

Six further positive cases were detected through the RAT process, which have since
been confirmed with PCR tests.

NSW Health has been in contact with all the young people to keep them informed of
the situation as it has developed, and to provide advice about travel, isolation and
testing requirements.

Throughout Friday and Saturday, Northern NSW Local Health District worked closely
with Qantas/ Jetstar and Virgin Airlines, the Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport and NSW
Police to ensure the onward travel arrangements minimised any risk to the general
public, and to advise on infection prevention protocols for airlines and bus
companies.

Contact tracing is underway to determine any close contacts of confirmed cases, and
these individuals will be contacted by NSW Health with updated advice.


 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. leave it to adolescents to act responsible. when did this ever work? & as far as i know “rat” does not amount to a legit covid19 test 🙄

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