Monday, 4 October 2021

Stay-at-Home order issued for Lismore Local Government Area from 4 to 11 October


Yesterday NSW Health reported two new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the Lismore area, bringing the number of active case confirmed in north-east New South Wales to 28 people.

I don't know exactly who at a local level may be advising the state government down is Sydney to apply such a fragmented public health response to growing locally acquired infection numbers in this region, but I have my suspicions.

Northern NSW Local Health District, media release, 3 October 2021, excerpt: 

Six cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in residents of the Northern NSW Local Health District to 8pm 2 October. 

 Four of these cases were announced yesterday and are included in today’s numbers – three in the Tweed area and one in Kyogle. All are close contacts of previously reported cases. 

The two new cases are from Lismore and are also linked to the Kyogle cluster. Contact tracing and investigations are continuing, and information about any new public exposure venues will be provided as soon as possible. 

The total number of active cases in Northern NSW is 28. 

Sewage surveillance has detected fragments of the COVID-19 virus in samples taken from the Banora Point and Kingscliff treatment plants on 1 October. 

The plants serve around 73,000 people in Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads South and West, Banora Point, Terranora, Bilambil Heights, Fingal Head, Kingscliff, Chinderah, Cudgen and Casuarina. 

There are confirmed cases in this area, and we continue to encourage residents and visitors to be vigilant for symptoms and get tested as soon as they feel unwell.....

The South Grafton sewage treatment plant serves about 6,300 people in the Clarence Valley. It tested positive for COVID-19 virus fragments on 27 and 30 September 2021. 

The Ballina sewage treatment plant serves about 31,100 people and it tested positive for virus fragments on 28 September 2021.

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