COVID-19 Update: 14 August 2020

COVID-19 Update: 14 August 2020
No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in residents of the Northern NSW Local Health District since 25 July, and the total number of cases remains at 58.

Of these cases, there are no patients being treated in hospital, and 53 people are known to have recovered.

The two patients who were in hospital have been discharged into home isolation, with the support of the Hospital in the Home team.

NNSWLHD cases by likely source of infection:

Source Total
Overseas or interstate acquired 53
Locally acquired-contact of a confirmed case or in a known cluster 4
Locally acquired – source not identified 1
Under investigation 0
TOTAL 58

 

Testing continues

Across the Northern NSW Local Health District more than 45,000 tests have now been done since the pandemic began.

The rate of local residents coming forward for testing is currently higher than it has been in recent months, at more than 10 per every 1000 residents. Last week we recorded the highest single day of testing to date, with 682 residents being tested in a single day.

We are pleased to see so many people still presenting to the clinics in the region.

This is an excellent result, and it shows that our local community are taking this very seriously. By continuing to come forward for testing, we will be able to quickly identify any new cases among our community, and improve the chances of stopping any spread of the virus.

Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full time, even if they test negative. Early testing may not detect an infection, and release from self-isolation based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect others in the community.

Most people who are infected and develop symptoms will do so within 14 days of exposure.

Testing clinics are located at:

  • The Tweed Hospital: open 10.00am – 6.00pm daily
  • Byron Central Hospital: open 9.00am – 5.00pm daily
  • Lismore Base Hospital: open 9.00am – 5.30pm daily
  • Grafton Base Hospital: open 9.00am – 5.00pm daily

There are also GP and pop up clinics in the region. A full list of testing clinics can be found at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx


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