Covid testing at Albert Park, Lismore.
Covid testing at Albert Park, Lismore.

CONFIRMED: infectious man visited popular Ballina pub

UPDATE 12.40PM: A man in his 20s was at the Byron Beach Hotel on the evening of Friday, March 26, while a hen's party from Queensland - associated with a nine-case cluster north of the border - was also at the hotel.

As his diagnosis was reported after 8pm, it will be included in the official figures released on Thursday.

The man attended two Ballina venues while unknowingly infectious.

These include:

  • Henry Rous Tavern, 117 River Street Ballina Sunday 28 March 1.20pm-2.20pm
  • Ballina Golf and Sports Club (Pro Shop), Jameson Avenue East Ballina Sunday 28 March 2:25pm-2:35pm

Other patrons who attended these Ballina venues at the time have been contacted by NSW Health, were asked to get tested and to isolate.

UPDATE 9.47am: The NSW government is expected to provide its latest COVID-18 update after 11am.

Although there have been reports some residents received a text message from NSW Health indicating a positive case of COVID-19 had visited the Henry Rous Tavern in Ballina, the venue is not listed on the NSW Health website as a close or casual contact location.

More information to come. 

ORIGINAL: Ballina residents have received messages from NSW Health, urging them to get tested if they visited a popular pub over the weekend.

A person who attended the Henry Rous Tavern, 177 River St, Ballina on Sunday March 28 has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NSW Health.

Residents were sent a text message by NSW Health late Tuesday night alerting them to the positive case.

The text urged anyone who might have been at the pub on that date should get tested immediately and self-isolate until the results return.

 

NSW Health have alerted people to a possible casual contact area in Ballina.
NSW Health have alerted people to a possible casual contact area in Ballina.

Several testing sites have been set up across the region, and anyone who is showing any symptoms is urged to get tested.

This follows the growing cluster in Greater Brisbane, and concerns about potential cases appearing on the Gold Coast today.

Byron Bay has also been deemed a hot spot by several states, after some people with the virus travelled to the beachside town over the weekend.

More information to come.

Originally published as Concern for Ballina after confirmed COVID case may have visited pub


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