New covid clinics to be opened after Byron's COVID contact
NSW Health has confirmed extra COVID-19 testing clinics will be set up in response to increased concerns about COVID-19 in the area.
Two clinics will be operating in Byron Bay, including a drive-through clinic, while the clinic at Byron Central Hospital will increase its operating hours.
The clinics include:
• Byron Bay QML Pathology Drive-Through, Cavanbah Sports Ground, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Open from 8am to 8pm 7 days from 2pm today.
• Byron Bay Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic; Byron Bay Surf Club , Bay St, Byron Bay. Open from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Sunday from 3pm today.
• Byron Central Hospital walk-in, 54 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale. Open from 9am- 630pm, 7 days a week.
NSW Health is urging anyone in the Byron Bay area with even the mildest of symptoms to come forward for testing and self-isolate immediately. NSW Health will also extend the hours of operation of other nearby testing clinics, including those in Tweed and Ballina.
>> If you have been in Brisbane, view locations where close and casual contacts have been on the Queensland Government website here.
>> If you have returned, or will return, to NSW from Queensland, you are required to complete an entry declaration, details here.
>> If you attended The Beach Hotel Byron Bay between 7.15pm and 8.30pm on Friday, March 26 or The Farm Byron Bay between 8am and 9.30am on Sunday, March 28, NSW Health says you should "get tested immediately and self-isolate until further advice is provided by NSW Health".
NSW Health has confirmed two positive COVID-19 cases who visited the North Coast from Brisbane attended two venues in the Byron Bay area.
The department has reported the two sisters visited the Byron Beach Hotel between 7.15 and 8.30pm on Friday, March 26 and The Farm in Ewingsdale between 8 and 9.30am on Sunday, March 28.
Byron Shire Council has acknowledged reports that two positive Queensland COVID-19 cases recently visited Byron Bay.
It is not yet clear exactly when the pair visited or which venues they attended, only that they were infectious at the time.
"The Queensland Government has announced two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 were in Byron Bay while infectious," Byron Shire Council said in a post on social media.
"As we learn more we will let you know."
Positive COVID-19 cases based in Queensland recently visited Byron Bay.
Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has revealed two sisters who have tested positive for the virus recently visited Byron Bay while they were infectious.
Queensland has recorded four new cases overnight, bringing the current total of active cases to seven.
Dr Young said this amounted to "significant community transmission", with "many venues" affected.
She said during a press conference this morning two colleagues of one of the recent cases tested positive yesterday.
One of those visited Gladstone for three days while infectious, Dr Young said.
She said the pair who visited Byron Bay are sisters, one of whom works as a nurse in a COVID-19 ward.
Dr Young said the source of their infections was not yet confirmed.
"Very late last night I was notified of another case who happens to be a nurse working in the COVID ward," she said.
"I'm not sure whether that's where she's acquired it.
"We will need to wait for genome sequencing results.
"Her sister is also positive.
"They have recently been in Byron Bay during their infectious period.
"So we now have significant community transmission and significant numbers of venues of concern, all through Brisbane and we know that people have moved from Brisbane out into the broader community."
Five local government areas that make up Greater Brisbane are going into a three-day lockdown, announced by Dr Young and the Queensland Premier this morning.