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COVID-19 update – March 21

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Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire...

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NSW Labor’s mental health reform aims to streamline agencies

Despite the presence of many high-quality services, the difficulties involved in navigating the mental health system as a whole can make seeking help a distressing experience rather than a therapeutic one.

Wollongbar pod residents to be out by November

The residents of the Wollongbar Pod site have received notices, via text and letter, that they must find alternative accommodation by November leaving many residents distressed and struggling to find a place to live in the area. 

Should Mullum’s water supply remain locally-sourced?

The Echo asked mayoral candidates Cr Sarah Ndiaye and Mayor Michael Lyon what their position is with Mullum’s future water supply, and ‘Why the community should trust the integrity of this process, given the optics around consultant conflict of interest, and staff not answering questions from committee members with engineering expertise?’

AMBER ALERT: Missing Children, Paradise Point

The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a 3-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old boy who went missing from Victor Avenue in Paradise Point at 4pm yesterday, who may be at significant risk.

Tweed River dredging in July

Dredging to the entrance of the Tweed River will begin this month as part of the Tweed Sand Bypassing...

The Northern NSW Local Health District, reports that to 4pm yesterday, March 20, there were 249 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 34 positive PCR tests and 215 positive rapid antigen tests (RAT)**.

Confirmed tests by LGA (PCR and RAT included):

  • Ballina 48
  • Byron 38
  • Clarence Valley 52
  • Kyogle 4
  • Lismore 34
  • Richmond Valley 23
  • Tweed 50

There are seven COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one in ICU.

Northern NSW Local Health District encourages anyone with even mild symptoms, or who have had known contact with a COVID-19 case, to please get tested as soon as you can.

** Please note these RAT results may be from within the previous seven days, and there may be some cases included in these numbers where people have reported positive RATs on multiple days and/or where people have also had a positive PCR test during the same reporting period.

For the most up-to-date COVID information visit nsw.gov.au.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Editorial – There’s a bat in my lab! 

The lab-leak theory that Covid-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – instead of a nearby wet market – was thrashed about in public recently, with the US Senate Homeland Security Committee holding a hearing into Covid-19. 

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Fresh air federal funds for Northern Rivers schools in need

Eighteen schools in the Northern Rivers division of Richmond have received $25,000 each as part of the federal government’s School Upgrade Fund, Labor Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said last week.

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COVID-19 pandemic has cut life expectancy globally

COVID-19 reversed earlier trends toward longer life expectancies. During the pandemic, life expectancies globally dropped by 1.6 years according to a new study published in the Lancet medical journal.

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COVID-19 update for New South Wales

Let’s not forget that Covid-19 is still a big issue in our community with 31,935 cases reported across Australia in the last week – an average of 4,562 cases per day.

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Five graphs you need to see before the Global Carbon Budget...

The Global Carbon Budget is about to be refreshed, giving the world a critical insight into how efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are (or are not) progressing.

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Public transport mask mandate to end

Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

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NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

SW Police are urging festival-goers at this weekend’s music festival to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner, whilst also being aware of COVID-Safety measures.

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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

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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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Getting the word out on wildlife

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