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Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

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Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

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Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) says that there were 30 new cases of COVID-19 reported for the area in the 24 hours to 8pm, December 11.

Of the cases, 18 were in the Byron Local Government Area, 4 in the Lismore LGA, 6 in the Ballina LGA, 1 in the Tweed LGA and 1 in the Richmond Valley LGA.

Northern NSW Local Health District, Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, says 21 of the 30 cases are linked to an existing case or cluster. ‘Three cases in the Ballina LGA, one case in the Tweed LGA, three cases in Byron LGA, one case in Lismore LGA and one case in the Richmond Valley LGA remain under investigation.

No cases identified as Omicron variant

‘To date, no cases in NNSWLHD have been identified as the Omicron variant. NNSWLHD is seeing an increase in cases in the Byron Bay region, and the majority of them are associated with venues including pubs, clubs and party settings.

Mr Jones says the transmission in these types of settings is contributing to the increase in cases in NSW. ‘We reiterate how important it is for people not to attend social functions if they have any symptoms, even if mild. Where possible, social gatherings should be held in outdoor environments.

‘We urge anyone in Northern NSW who develops symptoms such as a runny nose, a scratchy or sore throat, or is generally feeling unwell, to get tested and isolate immediately, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Tremendous response from the Byron community

Mr Jones says there has been a tremendous response from the Byron community with over 500 people being tested yesterday. ‘We thank you for your patience as we see greater numbers of people presenting for testing. Thank you to everyone who has come forward for testing in recent days and encourage you to get tested if you have any of the above symptoms.’

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

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 virus, you must isolate from others. You will be registered as a patient of the Northern NSW COVID Virtual Care Service for monitoring of your health while you are COVID 19 positive and self-isolating.

Staff from the Virtual COVID Care Service will be in touch with you in the next 24 hours to register you onto the service.

You should also expect a phone call from the Public Health Unit to discuss possible source of infection and work through contact tracing. This service is separate from the Virtual COVID Care Service.


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January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

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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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