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Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people to get tested for COVID-19 at
the first sign of symptoms and isolate until a negative result is received.

Local Government Area has 96 new cases:
• Byron 57
• Ballina 18
• Lismore 9
• Tweed 8
• Clarence Valley 4
• Richmond Valley –

Northern NSW Local Health District, Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, says there is one COVID-positive patient in hospital in Northern NSW. ‘To date, no cases in NNSWLHD have been confirmed as the Omicron variant of concern.

‘The most common locations for transmission of COVID-19 in our region continue to
be pubs, parties and gatherings in indoor spaces.

‘We encourage people to celebrate the end of year outdoors where possible, and to
stay home if you are unwell, get a test, and isolate.

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

Hospital visitors restricted

With increasing transmission rates across NSW, hospitals and health facilities within Northern NSW Local Health District are now restricting all visitors.

Women accessing birthing services can continue to nominate one support person
(participant in care) during her labour, birth and post-birth.

Local exemptions will be considered on a case by cases basis by site management,
and consideration will be given to compassionate and palliative care circumstances.
You can also find information about visitor restrictions on our website at:
https://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/important-updates-for-visitors/

Updated advice for people who are diagnosed with COVID-19

Updates have been made to fact sheets following the easing of restrictions:
Close contacts of COVID-19 (nsw.gov.au)
Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19
• Casual contacts are no longer identified.

Mr Jones says the NSW Health is evolving contact tracing and is prioritising case interviews and detailed follow up with people diagnosed with COVID-19 who have been to a place where there are people at high risk of severe disease, such as in healthcare, aged care, disability care, Aboriginal people and communities, and correctional facilities.

‘The updated fact sheets advise cases and close contacts of what steps they need to follow, including advice to prompt their social contacts to be tested.

‘Exposure risk assessments in all other settings, like workplaces, are managed by those venues directly. Step-by-step instructions for businesses can be found via the NSW Health website.’


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Northern NSW Local Health District COVID update for January 14

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

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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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