COVID Update: 5/1/2021

COVID Update: 5/1/2021

There have been no new confirmed cases of locally acquired COVID-19 reported in Northern NSW Local Health District residents since 25 July, 165 days ago.

Two new case have been recorded in Lismore City Council area residents on 3 January who acquired their infection overseas.

These two people are currently in hotel quarantine and will be released from isolation once health staff confirm that it is safe to do so.

Thank you to people who have continued to present for testing over the holiday period. It’s vital that we have a high level of testing so we can pick up any new cases in the local region. More than 4,300 new tests have been reported in residents of the Northern NSW LHD in the 14 day period ending 8pm 3 January 2021.

Byron Shire has had the highest testing rate per 1,000 population amongst the 12 Local Government Areas along the NSW north coast for the past three weeks, and for testing overall during 2020.

In addition to local residents being tested, there has been a high level of testing amongst visitors to the north coast since mid-December, with over 30 per cent of the more than 12,500 tests analysed by state-funded laboratories on the north coast in that period being for people from other parts of NSW or interstate.

Anyone with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, is asked to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

NNSWLHD cases by likely source of infection:

Source Total
Overseas or interstate acquired 61
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 4
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster 1
Under investigation 0
Total 66

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t Remain isolated until you receive your test result.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and
  • Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the

To find your nearest testing clinic visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to- protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.


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