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Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

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The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that in the 24 hour period to 8pm last night, January 6, there were 683 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District.

There are 35 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with four of these in ICU.

The case numbers reflect those people whose test results were confirmed to 8pm yesterday. There is currently no way to estimate how many people in the district are currently ill or infectious as anecdotally, many who are unwell are isolating at home and not accessing health or testing services.

NNSWLHD said they all had three confirmed deaths yesterday. A man in his 50s from the Byron Shire area, a woman in her 70s from the Byron Shire area – both were not vaccinated. A woman in her 90s from the Grafton area also died yesterday, she had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The new cases are located in the following LGAs:

  • Tweed 253
  • Byron 139
  • Ballina 115
  • Lismore 84
  • Clarence Valley 54
  • Richmond Valley 29
  • Kyogle 7
  • Tenterfield  2 *(Tenterfield is in a different Local Health District, but postcodes put cases in NNSWLHD)

Byron has had 2,147 locally acquired cases in the last four weeks, and Tweed has had 1,397, Lismore 540 and Ballina 824.

NSW statistics

NSW Health has reported the deaths of eleven people with COVID-19, six men and five women aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s – these include the Northern Rivers numbers.

Three people were from southeastern Sydney, one person was from western Sydney, one person was from south-western Sydney, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from Port Stephens and one person was from the Lake Macquarie area.

NSW Health says there are currently 1,738 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 134 people in intensive care, 33 of whom require ventilation.

NSW recorded 38,625 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Two hundred and eight COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 380,361.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 380,361
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 702
Total tests carried out 25,891,932
Total vaccinations administered in NSW 13,885,958

 

NSW Health says that people are at risk of developing COVID-19 for 14 days after they were last in contact with a COVID-positive person, so it is important to take precautions during this time.

While most people will become positive within the first week after exposure, around a quarter of people exposed to COVID-19 will develop their infection in the following seven days.

If you have had a high-risk interaction with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to exercise caution and avoid high-risk settings and large indoor gatherings for 14 days after you last had contact with them.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms it is still important that you have a test and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. You can get tested at any of our hospital testing clinics seven days a week. Other clinics may have reduced hours, so please check before attending.


 

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

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Hospitals under strain

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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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