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Northern NSW Local Health District, Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, said that of the cases, 15 were in the Byron Local Government Area, five in the Ballina LGA, six in the Tweed LGA and two in the Lismore LGA.

‘Seventeen of the 28 cases are linked to an existing case or cluster, while 11 remain under investigation.

‘To date, no cases in NNSWLHD have been identified as the Omicron variant of concern.

Five cases have now been linked with the Woody’s Night Club in Byron Bay, while a total of 46 cases have been linked with the Coorabell Hall event on December 4.

‘Nine cases have now been linked with No Bones in Byron Bay, connected with a function held there on 7 December.’

Mr Jones said that two COVID-positive patients are being cared for in hospital in Northern NSW, with around 120 cases being cared for in the community by our Virtual COVID Care team.

‘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.

‘The response to testing has again been outstanding, especially from the community in the Byron shire. On Sunday 12 December, around 800 tests were conducted across Byron Bay and Mullumbimby.

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

Hospital visitor restrictions tightened

Hospitals across Northern NSW Local Health District have tightened their visitor restrictions in response to the increasing case numbers.

Patients may now have one visitor, once a day for one hour, between the hours of 1pm and 6pm.

‘We acknowledge that this can be difficult for family members and carers, as well as for our patients, but it’s an important measure to help protect our health facilities,; said Mr Jones.

‘We thank our community for their ongoing support. We will continue to review our visitor arrangements in coming weeks, to minimise the disruption to our patients and their loved ones.

Advice for COVID-positive cases

Mr Jones said that 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 within 24 hours of your diagnosis to register you with the service.

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


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