COVID-19 update: 20 May

COVID-19 update: 20 May

In the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday 19 May, one case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW Local Health District has been excluded after further testing. This person was located in the Ballina Local Government Area.

This reduces the total number of confirmed cases in the LHD to 56.

Of these 56 cases, 51 are now recovered. There are no cases being treated in hospital.

NNSWLHD cases by likely source of infection:

Source Total
Overseas or interstate acquired 53
Contact of a confirmed case or in a known cluster 2
Contact not identified 1
Under investigation 0
Total 56

More information and statistics for Local Government Areas can be found at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/covid-19-lga.aspx

Testing the key to continued containment

 Our local community should be proud of the actions they’ve taken so far, both in heeding the physical distancing and gathering restrictions, and in coming forwards for testing.

With travel restrictions now confirmed to ease even further on 1 June, I’d like to reiterate the critical importance of coming forward for testing at your closest COVID Fever Clinic or GP Respiratory Clinic if you have any flu-like symptoms at all. We encourage people to be tested again if they develop flu-like symptoms, even if they have previously had a negative test.

By getting tested, you can help stop the virus spreading in your area.

There have now been more than 10,600 tests conducted in Northern NSW Local Health District, which is an outstanding effort by both our community and health staff.

If we continue to see high numbers of testing in our community, it will help us to stay on top of any possible new cases that may emerge as activity increases across NSW.

Please stay home if you are unwell, or while awaiting test results, and continue to wash your hands thoroughly or use hand santiser regularly.

While out and about, don’t forget that physical distancing is still in place, so be mindful of keeping clear of other people and avoiding large groups.


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