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Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

Of these cases, six are located in the Byron Local Government Area (LGA), and two are located in the Tweed LGA. All are linked to known cases, and one is a household contact of an existing case.

There have been 41 COVID-19 cases in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the last four weeks to 8pm 7 December. Byron Shire LGA has 15 confirmed cases, Ballina LGA four, Lismore LGA seven, and Tweed LGA nine confirmed cases.

Currently NNSWHD have sent out an alert for anyone who was at Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club, The Plaza, 90-96 Johnson Street, Byron Bay on: Tuesday 30 November; Wednesday 1 December; Thursday 2 December; Friday 3 December between 8pm – 3.30am each day.

The Byron Primary School polling booth has also been confirmed as a venue of concern.

‘NSW Health is contacting patrons and staff at the venue as part of normal contact tracing processes,’ said NNSW Health spokesperson.

‘Anyone who has been at this venue at the dates and times listed will either be classified as a close or casual contact depending on their vaccination status.’

Mullum High

Mullumbimby High School students and teachers were also asked to self isolate last night (Tuesday, 7 December) following the confirmation of a COVID-19 case at the school.

Yet to be confirmed

The Echo has been told that there are also alerts going out to people who have been to Byron Woolworths, and Bang Bang restaurant. However, these have yet to be formerly conferment by NNSWHD.

Are you a close contact?

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be a close contact, and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days. You will need to have a repeat COVID-19 test on day 12 after your last visit to the venue.

If you are fully vaccinated, you will be a casual contact, and must get tested immediately and isolate while awaiting a negative test result. Get tested again on day six after your last visit to the venue. If you feel well, you do not need to self-isolate while waiting for this test result.

COVID-19 testing is available in Byron Bay 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

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  1. Cases?
    C’mon Echo – we know this variant has a lower level of severity, so perhaps it might be time to report serious illness, not cases that are predominately asymptomatic.

    But if you can’t let it go, perhaps you could start to report the number of cases with absolutely no symptoms and then the ones with a runny nose and so on!
    Tell it how it is please.

  2. Ah Steve, thanks again for your prescient expertise. For someone who places so much store by “long-term data” it’s interesting that you are prepared to call this one so early when the world’s experts are crossing fingers but saying there is too little evidence at this stage. They’re not even making definitive pronouncements on Delta’s comparative severity yet. It’s a bit hard to tell with a vaccination uptake across the globe. Lots of variables.

    And where would the Echo get this info when they’re lucky to get anything out of NNSWLHD? Not everything’s a conspiracy.

    I’m surprised you even believe in this varian. I thought you saw it as sounding like moronic and a ruse to continue the scare campaign.

    Let’s all hope that this new variant is much less virulent – just more infectious – and muscles out more dangerous predecessors. It then won’t matter as much what BS is purveyed across the dark recesses of the internet.

  3. “the world’s experts are crossing fingers but saying there is too little evidence at this stage”

    The worlds experts, like they all agree… that is funny!

    Meanwhile, the truth aint so bad Liz, conveyed by many experts including those in South Africa advising others to calm down. Fancy that, a different expert opinion.

    I’d recommend watching the panel of expert physicians deliberate on the risk/benefit analyses for the approval of injections for 5-11yrs olds. Video replay is available to watch on c-span or even you tube. Search FDA Vax Advisory Committee meeting 5-11yr olds, 26 Oct 2021 if your interested.

    I did, remarkable viewing, though it’s quite the investment. The meeting goes for over 7hrs but kids are #1 and worth every effort I thought.so I put the time in.

    If you do watch, you will find that only time the words fear, worry and concern were mentioned by the experts, was regarding unknown long term side effects of the injections, cardiologists concerned about the risk of sudden death in future and, while the majority only wanted the jab to be available for vulnerable kids, their concern was that Governments might mandate jabs for ALL kids when as they stated, the best thing most parents could do is nothing at all. Most kids don’t need it. Yet days later, the State of California mandated jabs for 5-11yr olds to come into effect in 2022, cause you know, the Public Health Officials know better than the panel of experts.

    So yeh, the internet is full of amazing info Liz, lots of BS and real S, a bit like humans, some experts and public health officials who are not as transparent as the real experts.

    Love your work Liz, keep it up!

  4. What a patronising tone Steve, for one who advocates love and deep respect! But I understand, it’s meant to be a cover for failing to deal with being called out for applying inconsistent standards and racing in where angels fear to tread:

    * What do you think I was suggesting the experts agree on other than they don’t know yet? With less than a month’s data, if they want to call themselves scientists this is to be expected I’d suggest.

    * “ … we know this variant has a lower level of severity”. Do we? Who’s “we”? It may surprise you but I have been following the experience and advice from South Africa. They are advising calm – as indeed is the dreaded Fauci – but all have stopped short of definitive pronouncements on the relative virulence of Omicron. Let’s know if you have a contrary source though. What they have raised some concern about is the higher than normal rates of hospitalisation of children 1-4. No wild speculation though without more time, data and analysis.

    * Who said the cases that are being reported in the Echo are Omicron? Is this the basis of your assumption that they range from a sniffle to a symptomatic? There’s still a bit of Delta still around you know.

    * What makes you think the Echo is privy to the confidential medical information about these cases or that they are involved in perpetuating a particular slant?

    I’d suggest most of humanity is hoping 🤞this variant will be less virulent than predecessors – hardly a proposition to induce hilarity. But then sorry, I keep forgetting that most of mainstream science is part of an evil-intentioned cabal.


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