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Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference.

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

There were another two deaths reported in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) to  8pm 26 January with 44 people in hospital and five in ICU.

Editorial – Fake, fumbling and fabricated

Morrison’s incompetence, however, is epic; it seems to derive from his belief that God has appointed him to rule in these end times, so that it is impossible for him to be wrong.

NRAS about to kick off 2022 adoption days

Local animal charity Northern Rivers Animal Services has kicked off 2022 with a bang, with more cats, kittens and puppies needing homes in Ballina than you can shake a rescuer at.

Vaccinating koalas against chlamydia

Koala chlamydia affects 60 per cent of koalas that are admitted to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and is having a significant impact on koalas in the region. The figures have continued to rise each year.

Emergency services

Owing to my carelessness on 19 January, I had a serious bike accident that resulted in loss of consciousness...

Lismore Citizen of the Year 

Recognising her tireless work in helping people living with Parkison’s Disease Di Lymbury was awarded Lismore Citizen of the Year. 

Stories about "snake bite":

11-year-old faces slow recovery from snake bite

An 11-year-old girl who was bitten by a snake in the Byron hinterland and will remain in hospital until after Christmas. Family and friends have started a Go-Fund-Me page to support her and her family during her recovery.

Suspected snake bite: 11 year old transferred to Queensland Children’s Hospital

An 11 year old girl is in a critical condition following a suspected snake bite and has been transferred to Queensland Children's Hospital.

The northern rivers ratcatcher

They are a swift, slender snake growing to 1.5 metres in length – except here in the northern rivers where the world’s biggest Eastern Browns can reach 2.7 metres.

Boy hospitalised after brown snake bite

A nine-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after having his finger bitten by a juvenile brown snake in Lennox Head yesterday.

No antivenin at Byron Central Hospital

David Bradbury, Wilsons Creek It was disturbing to read of Sue Harrison’s shabby treatment at Byron hospital owing to lack of staff on duty (Echo, February...

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

How depression makes people vulnerable to misinformation

A US study has found that people suffering from depression are much more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Countbacks or by-elections for Ballina?

Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.

Community building and disaster resilience

If you’ve ever wanted to be a volunteer, the Community Carers and Responders might be where you can lend a hand.