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Not unexpectedly, the number of COVID-19 positive cases has risen after the long weekend and the Northern NSW Local Health District has reported 631 new cases in the region to 4pm yesterday, 19 April, including 102 positive PCR tests and 529 positive rapid antigen tests (RAT)**.

Confirmed tests by LGA (PCR and RAT included):

  • Ballina 123
  • Byron 66
  • Clarence Valley 75
  • Kyogle 8
  • Lismore 111
  • Richmond Valley 80
  • Tweed 168

There are 45 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.

It is possible that case numbers may increase as a result of family gatherings, incoming visitors and social events over the long weekend and holiday period.

Everyone is urged to take precautions to protect each other:

  • don’t go out if you’re unwell
  • take your mask with you so you can wear it if you’re somewhere you can’t socially distance, especially indoors, and
  • use hand sanitiser or wash your hands regularly.

If you have even mild symptoms or have had known contact with a COVID-19 case, please get tested as soon as you can. Please isolate while awaiting a negative result.

If you test positive using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), please register your result with Service NSW.

Case data and other COVID-19 information is available on the NSW Government website.

** 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.


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