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Byron Shire
January 21, 2022

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NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

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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?

SES issues Minor Flood warning for Lismore

Moderate rainfall across the Wilsons River catchment since Wednesday has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and its tributaries, which has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore late Friday morning.

Rainbow Temple squeezed by Lismore Council 

For two decades, the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank has stood as a striking reflection of the region’s proudly beating spiritual heart.

Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

1,051 new cases of COVID-19 for Northern Rivers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) saw 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed to 8pm last night...

Every month I, and many like me, make a worrying trip to pathology to have my blood tested. I am one of the many who are immune compromised, and in my case I am on particularly strong medication, without which I am unable to walk. I also have an underlying life-threatening lung condition. In the words of my doctor ‘you don’t want to catch COVID-19!’.

Unfortunately, every month I have the same heated discussion in pathology (where only three are allowed in the small waiting room), with someone who refuses to wear a mask.

It starts with me asking why they are not wearing a mask. The answer is always the same – ‘I have an exemption’, to which I reply ‘that’s fine, but perhaps you should wait outside, as I and many others are vulnerable’. The response is again, always the same – ‘I am taking responsibility for my own health’. Last week I was told that being asked to sit outside was discrimination, and it was me who should wait outside.

It’s tough having serious medical conditions, both physically and mentally, and attitudes like this just leave me so disheartened with many in my community.

Ashley Gould, South Golden Beach


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