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There’s no shortage of positive COVID-19 cases in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) with the current count likely to be an underestimation of the numbers due to the overwhelmed testing capacity and the fact that positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) are not yet included in the count.

The last 24 hours to 8pm 12 January saw 776 new cases of COVID-19 declared in the NNSWHD with 62 people hospital and six in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

Tweed local government area (LGA) continues to have the highest number of cases with another 260 in the last 24 hours. Byron LGA follows with 176, with Ballina LGA at 138 new cases. Lismore LGA has 86 cases followed by Clarence VAlley at 52, Richmond VAlley at 45 and Kyogle at 14 cases.  

RAT reporting

A spokesperson for NNSWHD said that they are expecting the positive RAT tests to be included in the summary of the NNSWHD COVID-19 positive numbers soon. 

According to NSW Health 61,387 positive RAT tests were reported yesterday, the first day of the new state wide reporting system.

‘These test results are from 1 January, with 50,729 of these positive tests from the last seven days,’ stated NSW Health. 

Anyone who tests positive using a RAT will now be 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.

Get tested

‘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,’ said a NNSWHD spokesperson. 

‘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.’

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    • Just in case they aren’t.

      People have forgotten the jabs are in trial phase. It appears the media and Govt, by the way they push the safe & effective line, would like us to think otherwise!

  1. CASES ! When is the media going to start differentiating between people who have tested positive and people who are actually ill ???

    Every flu season before COVID if you had tested people like we are doing now there would have been thousands testing positive.

    But we have a little thing called an immune system. Some get sick, some don’t.


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