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There are currently 38 people in hospital with COVID-19 in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) and four people are in ICU. In the 24 hours to 4pm 2 February three people with COVID died in the NNSWHD.

‘Sadly, we are reporting the death of 3 local residents from COVID-19. One person in their 50s from Ballina. One person in their 70s from Lismore. One person in their 90s from the Richmond Valley,’ stated the NNSWHD in their daily report. 

In the same reporting period there were another 606 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region. 

Confirmed tests by local government area (LGA) of combined RAT and PCR tests  included:

  • Ballina 89
  • Byron 55
  • Clarence Valley 94
  • Kyogle 17
  • Lismore 89
  • Richmond Valley 54
  • Tweed 207
  • Tenterfield 1 (Woodenbong and Urbenville postcodes)


Across the state of NSW 2,578 people are in hospital with 160 in ICU and 68 people who require ventilation. State wide thirty-eight people died.

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) is 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 for a booster is encouraged to book 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 three 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.

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  1. The operative words here is “with” covid…. Can the Echo please publish who of these people are vaccinated. And who aren’t…? Since the Echo is so keen to push double and booster shots it would be helpful to know whether it is the shots themselves that are contributing to death, or if they are just ineffectual as the numbers now seem to indicate. You seem to be quite happy to publish the unvaccinated status of the those who die “with” covid”, in fact publishing whole articles about them, but apparently not happy to publish the vaccinated status of those who die. Why is that..? Let’s leave the role of propagandists to the government shall we..? I thought they had that pretty well covered for themselves.

    • John, John what are you saying vaccinations are causing the disease and deaths. As you people like saying do your own research. Though more people are in hospital that are vaccinated, this is true but 90 % are vaccinated so this is expected- read the abc article about explaining this statistic but then that wouldn’t help you as it is propaganda I suppose, so you’d rather check out Palmer, Kelly or other similar health experts.

  2. The spike is the part of the virus that does the damage. So you cause your body to create the spike so you can cop the damage without having to even get the virus.
    Omicron’s spike has over 20 mutations, it’s a different spike all together.
    So you recommend getting another dose of Alpha variant spike and cop more damage.
    Then you get Omicron and your body doesn’t recognize it.
    Then you want to give it to immunocompromised (that’s a co-morbidity) people.
    Then you call them unvaccinated because they don’t count you as fully vaxed until 2 week after they get it.
    So many unvaxed people dying. Especially the ones 70-90 year old.

    • Even after someone explained it, some comments still say nup.
      How to explain it??
      The reporting of actual numbers of people in hospital and ICU is not an accurate picture. Because they report actual case numbers. Let’s say there are 6 people unvaxt and 6 vaxt who die. And forget about ages and illness. This is about the percentage each group of deaths is of the larger population they represent.
      There are more people out there vaccinated than unvaccinated, so it’s a larger group. 6 out of that large group is a very small percentage (google
      maths lesson on percentage and how it’s calculated). The number of unvaxxed people out there is smaller. So 6 out of that group constitutes a higher percentage.


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