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Two deaths in Northern Rivers in previous 24 hours, 29 across the state

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One from the Heart bringing people together

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COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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Flood recovery 2022 must be community led and flexible

The recent news that our mighty NSW State Government are going to step into the Northern Rivers as a sort of Mary Poppins and over-arch their solutions into an umbrella of several councils via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was met with cheer and skepticism.

Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer.

There were another two deaths reported in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) to  8pm 26 January, and one in the 24 hours prior to that, with 44 people in hospital and five in ICU. There were 695 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed during that 24 hours including 317 positive PCR tests and 378 positive rapid antigen tests (RAT).

‘Sadly, today Northern NSW are reporting the death of two people from COVID-19.  One person was form the Tweed Shire and in their 80s. One person was from the Byron Shire in their 80s,’ said a spokesperson from NNSWHD. 

‘We express our sincere condolences to their loved ones.’

There are 2,722 people in hospital with COVID  in NSW with 181 in ICU of which 72 are ventilated. Twenty-nine people have died of COVID across the state.

‘Can I pass my condolence onto their families for their loss of their loved ones,’ said Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer.

RA tests are now included in the local government area (LGA) breakdown.

Confirmed total cases by LGA (PCR and RATs)

  • Ballina 104
  • Byron 76
  • Clarence Valley 103
  • Kyogle 0
  • Lismore 106
  • Richmond Valley 54
  • Tenterfield
  • Tweed 252

According to COVID Live Ballina LGA currently has 652 active COVID cases, Byron 646, Clarence Valley 524, Kyogle 59, Lismore 390, Richmond Valley 284, Tenterfield 42, and Tweed 2,656 active COVID cases. 


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

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COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests

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COVID-19 update: Friday, April 29

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 28 April, 398 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 324 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: Thursday April 28

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, there were 541 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region, including 143 positive PCR tests and 398 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 27

The  Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that to 4pm yesterday, 26 April, there were 569 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 495 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID numbers up heading into the long weekend

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 21 April, 754 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 137 positive PCR tests and 617 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 rules to change from Friday

The NSW Government has just announced updated rules in regards to COVID-19 including changes around close contacts and international travel.

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