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A private event at Coorabell Hall has seen eight cases of COVID-19 confirmed.

The event took place from 4pm onwards on Saturday 4 December.

‘NSW Health is contacting a number of attendees at this private event as part of normal contact tracing processes,’ said a spokesperson for Northern NSW Health.

‘Anyone who has been at this venue at the date and time listed is classified as a close contact and must follow the advice listed on the NSW Health website.’

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Cafe and Kiva Spa in Mullumbimby have also been listed as COVID venues of concern.

COVID-19 testing is available in the Byron Shire at:

  • Byron Central Hospital, Ewingsdale Rd, open 9am-5pm, 7 days a week
  • The Cavanbah Centre QML Pathology Drive-Through Clinic, open daily from 9am – 2pm
  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Shop 1A, 1 Byron Street, open Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm
  • Ocean Shores Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Clinic, Shop 4 Ocean Shores Shopping Village, 84 Rajah Road, Ocean Shores. Open Monday to Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm
  • Mullumbimby Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Clinic, 125 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby. Open Monday to Friday 7am – 3pm

There are more than 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. Find a clinic on the NSW Government website or contact your GP.

Even if you are fully vaccinated you should get tested and isolate immediately if you have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms – a slightly runny nose, a scratchy or sore throat or generally feeling under the weather. Walk-in and booked vaccination clinics are operating throughout Northern NSW. You can find your closest clinic at the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Close contacts

If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and fully vaccinated you are required to:

  • self-isolate for 7 days
  • get a nose and throat (PCR) test at a testing clinic straight away and again on day 6
  • leave self-isolation after 7 days if your test on day 6 is negative, you feel well and you have had no further contact with a COVID-19 positive person
  • for the following 7 days, work from home if you can and do not attend a high-risk setting (healthcare, aged care, disability care, early childhood centres, primary school and correctional facilities) even if it is your place of work
  • get tested again on day 12.

Not fully vaccinated:

  • self-isolate for 14 days
  • get a nose and throat (PCR) test at a testing clinic straight away, on day 6 and again on day 12
  • leave self-isolation after 14 days if your test on day 12 is negative, you feel well and you have had no further contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

If you have previously recovered from COVID-19 you will be considered a close contact and will need to self-isolate, test and follow the advice for your vaccination status.

Casual contacts

If you are a casual contact of someone with COVID-19:

  • get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result
  • get tested again on day 6 after your last contact with the COVID-19 positive person. If you feel well, you do not need to self-isolate while waiting for this test result.

If you feel well, you do not need to isolate while you wait for the results of the day six test. If you work in a high-risk setting, speak to your manager before returning to work. High risk settings are healthcare, aged care, disability care, early childhood, primary school and correctional facilities.

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