COVID detected in Ballina Shire sewage, new contact details
Amended contact location details in the Byron Shire have been released by NSW Health.
There have been no new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday night, NSW Health has confirmed.
This means there is still just one locally-acquired in Northern NSW resulting from a hen's party which involved a group who travelled to Byron Bay from Queensland.
NSW has also recorded no new cases overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine.
Across the state there were 20,061 tests recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm.
This was down from the previous day's statewide total of 20,459.
"NSW Health thanks the community, particularly those in northern NSW, for coming forward in large numbers for testing, as this is critical to detect and stop transmission of the virus," NSW Health said in a statement.
"NSW Health has been notified of updated advice and/or revised exposure times for several previously announced venues in the Byron Bay region which were visited by confirmed cases of COVID 19.
"NSW Health is contacting known patrons directly to advise that anyone who attended the bar at the following venue at the time listed is considered a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
"Any other patrons who attended the hotel/motel during this time are considered casual contacts and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result:
- Byron Bay, Park Hotel/Motel pub/restaurant, 223 Broken Head Road, Suffolk Park: Sunday 28 March, 1.45pm - 2.10pm
Anyone who attended the following venue at the times listed is now considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate until they receive a negative result. They should continue to monitor for symptoms and, if any occur, get tested again:
- Suffolk Park, Suffolk Park Bakery, 1/2 Clifford Street: Saturday 27 March 12.45pm - 1.15pm and 2.45pm - 3.15pm
- Suffolk Park, Suffolk Park Bakery and Shopping Centre Plaza 1/2 Clifford Street: Sunday 28 March, 10.30am - 11.45am
There were 6956 COVID-19 vaccines administered by NSW Health in the 24 hours to 8pm, bringing the department's total to 124,345.
"Anyone who is planning to visit NSW from Queensland or who has been in Queensland in the last two weeks should check the Queensland Health website regularly, especially before any travel, and follow the public health advice if they were at any of the listed venues," NSW Health said.
"People who are required to test and isolate should do so immediately.
>> See Queensland venues of concern here.
Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have meanwhile been detected in the sewage network at Lennox Head, attributed to the known case in the area.
Fragments have also been detected in Homebush in a sample taken from March 31.
"NSW Health has significantly increased sewage surveillance in the Northern Rivers area," NSW Health said.
"Other catchments, including Byron Bay, Tweed, Lismore and Ballina, have tested negative in recent days.
"NSW Health is continuing to adopt a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission in the area and temporary restrictions remain in place in the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council until 11.59pm on Monday 5 April:
•masks must be worn on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings
•the one person per 4 square metre rule applies at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues
•the number of household visitors is capped at 30, including at holiday rental properties.
Anyone throughout the state who has even the mildest of cold-like symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.
There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week, including over the long weekend. To find your nearest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../how-to-protect.../clinics, or contact your GP.
NSW Health is treating 42 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (95 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.
NSW Health has opened additional COVID testing clinics in response to the virus scare on the Northern Rivers.
NSW Health has urged people to check Easter opening times before they present at one of the many COVID-19 testing locations across the region.
"We have increased COVID-19 testing options for the Northern NSW communities," NSW Health said in a statement.
The department said people wanting to get tested should check opening hours for the long weekend on this website before they travel to a testing clinic.
Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has meanwhile announced there have been no more new community transmissions north of the border, related to the Byron Bay hen's party cluster.
That cluster has 10 cases in Queensland and one in NSW.
Queensland has recorded eight new cases in hotel quarantine overnight and one "historical" case which Dr Young said is another nurse who is "definitely the missing link" to the first PA Hospital cluster, not related to the hen's party.
"We still have those two clusters, we've still go tot be careful for the next 14 days," Dr Young said.
Dr Young commended the actions of those involved in both clusters.
"I always say let's find the first case in a cluster, not the 40th," she said.
"It's been an enormously successful process in terms of people coming forward and sharing information with us"
NSW Health is yet to provide its latest COVID-19 data this morning.
** The Tweed, Byron, Ballina and Lismore Shires are under a suite of restrictions across the Easter weekend, FULL DETAILS HERE**
Some extra clinics were opened from early in the week after one case of local community transmission was confirmed in association with a growing cluster in Queensland, involving a group who travelled to Byron Bay between March 26 and 28 for a hen's party.
The NSW Health list of close and casual contact locations can be found here.
Testing clinics include:
- Ballina QML Pathology Drive-through Clinic, Ballina Surf Club, Lighthouse Parade, East Ballina
- Lismore QML Pathology Drive-through Clinic, 354 Keen Street, Lismore
- Tweed Heads QML Pathology Drive-through Clinic, Cnr Wharf and Florence Street, Tweed Heads
- Byron Bay QML Pathology Drive-Through, Cavanbah Sports Ground, 249 Ewingsdale Rd,
- Byron Bay Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic; Byron Bay High School, 2 Arakwal Court, Byron Bay NSW
- Byron Central Hospital walk-in, 54 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
- Byron Bay Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 1 Byron Street, NSW 2481
"We urge everyone in the Northern Rivers area, with even mild symptoms such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate a negative result is received," NSW Health said.