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There is one person in ICU in the Northern NSW Local Health District and 23 people in hospital with COVID-19. 

To 4pm 25 May, 273 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District, including 61 positive PCR tests and 212 positive rapid antigen tests (RAT). However, as most people in the community would recognise this would be down on the actual numbers in the community as many people are not bothering to report their positive tests. 

Confirmed tests by LGA (PCR and RAT included):

  • Ballina 36
  • Byron 31
  • Clarence Valley 38
  • Kyogle 6
  • Lismore 66
  • Richmond Valley 29
  • Tweed 67

The NSW Health website has a range of COVID-19 information, including weekly COVID-19 surveillance reports which contain detailed analysis and trends.

You can also find more COVID-19 statistics on the NSW Government website.

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.

To protect yourself and others:

  • 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.

Boosters:

  • If you are eligible for a booster, please book without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder. If it has been more than 6 months since your second vaccine, you are considered ‘overdue’.
  • An additional winter booster dose is recommended for those who are at higher risk of serious illness. This includes people who are:
    Aged 65+
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged 50+
    • Residents of an aged care or disability care facility
    • Severely immunocompromised and aged 16+

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