COVID-19 update: 24 September

COVID-19 update: 24 September

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Northern NSW Local Health District to 8pm 23 September.

Contact tracing is continuing into the positive case which visited the Ballina LGA last week. No public exposure venues have been identified to date, and a number of close contacts have been directly contacted by NSW Health.

Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in samples taken from the East and South Lismore sewage treatment plants on 22 September. These sites serve a combined total of approximately 32,500 people in the Lismore and Goonellabah areas.

The last detection at these sites was on 15 September.

While there have been recent confirmed cases in these areas, we encourage anyone who has even mild cold-like symptoms, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Please continue to check this page regularly, as the list of venues of concern and relevant health advice are being updated as new cases emerge and investigations continue.

During the seven days to 21 September there were 11,361 tests conducted among residents of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

We have seen testing numbers trending upwards in recent weeks, however it is still incredibly important that anyone who is at all unwell comes forward to get a test as soon as they develop symptoms.

High testing rates is one indicator which NSW Health reviews when determining the level of risk in the community, alongside confirmed cases, sewage detections and vaccination rates.  All these factors contribute to decisions around how vulnerable communities are, and what measures need to be put in place to reduce risk of transmission, such as stay at home orders or other restriction levels.

There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. Find a clinic at COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

We encourage our community to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are able to. Find available bookings at the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder (previously eligibility checker), or you can also call Health Direct on 1800 57 11 55 for assistance to book.

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