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

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There is now financial support available for individuals who have lost work because they have had to isolate – or if you are caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine owing to COVID-19.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the time you can’t work and earn income because you have COVID-19, for isolation periods starting before 10 January 2022, you must have been directly informed you have COVID-19 by a health official – that you’re a close contact with a person who has COVID-19; you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19; that a child you care for who is 16 years or under, is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19; you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19; you’re caring for someone with disability or a severe medical condition who must self-isolate or quarantine because they’re a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

From today, Monday 10 January, Services Australia will accept both Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results. You’ll need to have either: advice of a positive test from a testing clinic or health professional or evidence you’ve registered a positive result from a home-administered RAT with your state health authority.

If you need ongoing financial help, check to see what other payments you may be eligible to get by using our Payment and Service Finder.

Read more about who can get it.


 

Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

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.

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.

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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?

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1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24...

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

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Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays...

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

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Northern NSW Local Health District COVID update for January 14

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 8pm last night, January 13, there were 905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District – this figure does not include positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) for the reporting period.

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Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances...

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

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The PM’s report from the National Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a media statement about the meeting yesterday of the National Cabinet.

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What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

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1 COMMENT

  1. If you were too sick to attend a PCR testing clinic and unable to sit for hours whilst waiting as all you wanted to do was curl up in to a ball (that is of course if you could see or function properly to drive there) the other alternative was to register your RAT (that expensive, mythical, unavailable item…) with a health professional.
    On calling said professional it transpires that Scotty from Marketing gave them no way of actually registering that result with his Government.
    Apparently, you can register your result from tomorrow on the NSW app but for anyone caught up in the last week of imploding chaos around PCR or RA testing, whilst negotiating a revolting flu and flooded roads, you’re on your own in the dead zone facing the post-sickness, exhausting prospect of dealing with hamstrung, burned out, Centrelink and Service NSW officers. Joy.

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