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The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new cases of COVID-19 in the District, including 440 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 674 positive PCR tests.

The cases were from:

  • Ballina 62
  • Byron 122
  • Clarence Valley 86
  • Kyogle 8
  • Lismore 62
  • Richmond Valley 42
  • Tenterfield 1
  • Tweed 291

There are 62 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with six of these in ICU. (Tenterfield is in a different Local Health District, but postcodes put cases in NNSWLHD).

Northern NSW Local Health District says that today Northern NSW are reporting the death of one person aged in their 50s from COVID-19. They were from the Tweed Heads area.

It is worth noting that the RAT results may be from within the previous seven days, and there may be some cases included in these numbers where people have reported positive RATs on multiple days and/or where people have also had a positive PCR test during the same reporting period.

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people to get tested for COVID-19 at the first sign of symptoms and isolate until a negative result is received.

Anyone who tests positive using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) are now required to register their result with Service NSW. Registering your RAT result enables NSW Health to provide advice on self-isolation and managing COVID-19 symptoms at home and connect high-risk people to clinical care services.

Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over who had their second dose at least four months ago. We urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

We also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose.

NSW Health vaccination clinics are now administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 years old. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to make a booking for vaccination at any NSW Health vaccination clinic, at a general practitioner, or a community pharmacy.

If you are seeking data, you can search cases by postcode on the NSW Government website.

For the most up-to-date COVID information visit nsw.gov.au.


 

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7 COMMENTS

  1. The figures for individual LGAs don’t add up to 1114!
    The intro says ‘1114 new PCR cases’ and then ‘674 positive PCR tests’.
    These conflicts would be picked up by any competent subeditor.
    As it is, I haven’t a clue which figures are correct.

  2. My guess would be that the “PCR” in “ there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19 in the District”, should not be there. A small slip.

    My guess would be that the 440 positive RATS and 674 positive PCRs = 1,114 new cases in total.

    The numbers given for each LGA total 674 so presumably they are the PCRs which are easier to attach to an LGA because the testing site is known. RATs are self reported online.

    A little confusing no doubt but I’m sure the NAHS is under the pump right now. I think the main point is that the figures are pretty meaningless anyway because of the difficulty of getting either a RAT or a PCR.

    I don’t think anyone has the foggiest notion of how much of it is around and I don’t think our PM gives a RATs anyway.

  3. Saw a report that all Covid patients in ICU Lismore hospital are unvaccinated? Let’s hope these poor misinformed people do not suffer from long covid complications. Many have later died from these complications. There really should be legislation against the media, especially the elected LNP members and former members misinforming and misleading people about vaccination. They are banned from Facebook, when will they be banned form MSM?
    Morrison, Hunt, Perrottet, Hazzard when will you provide leadership and do something, ever, about anything?

  4. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has had to tell parents to ignore one of his own government MPs who has warned against vaccinating children.
    What we know:
    Queensland MP George Christensen released a podcast on Tuesday morning under the title “Do NOT vax your children” (SMH);
    Morrison urged “parents to disregard his dangerous messages in relation to vaccines”;
    “I strongly disagree with the message sent out by Mr Christensen regarding children’s vaccinations,” Morrison said in the statement;
    There was no mention of any action the government might take against Christensen;
    Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the inaction was a “failure of leadership”;
    Nationals partyroom colleague Darren Chester described Christensen’s claims as “just more of the same conspiracy theory crap”.

  5. Completely pointless counting RATs for anything. They are manufactured in some far away factory with little quality control it seems. They are 50% accurate at best. Even the pamphlet will tell you they don’t work. Just more infectious plastic going straight to landfill. What a waste of time, money and resources this whole sham has become.

    • Your “50% accurate” is itself “accurate”, or an estimate, or a guess, or a wild rumour, or a totally unreliable bit of BS?

      • Thanks Veronica. Let’s not just discard every tool in the locker with a general “science is bunkum” dismissive swagger.

        The TGA website lists the RATs with approved and includes the following explanation with its table of brands. Pity they aren’t more readily available – which would make the TGA’s efforts much more useful.

        “To provide an indication of the performance of COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests, the table below includes information on the clinical sensitivity of each test. This is based on the studies performed by the manufacturer which show the positive percent agreement (PPA). PPA is the proportion of individuals that produced a positive test result using a COVID-19 rapid antigen self-test, in comparison with a positive result that was obtained using a more sensitive laboratory PCR test …

        “For each test a comment on the clinical sensitivity is assigned as follows:
        Acceptable sensitivity – clinical sensitivity greater than 80% PPA
        High sensitivity – clinical sensitivity greater than 90% PPA
        Very high sensitivity – clinical sensitivity greater than 95% PPA”

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