COVID UPDATE: 11 new cases in the Northern Rivers, one in Lismore

11 new covid cases were reported in the Northern Rivers today.
Of these cases, eight are in the Byron Bay area, one in the Ballina LGA, one in the Lismore LGA, and one in Tweed area.
Nine of the 11 cases are linked to existing cases and two are under investigation.
One case of local transmission was identified in association with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club in Byron Bay.
Northern NSW Local Health District’s Wayne Jones said people who attended this venue and are fully vaccinated will be considered casual contacts and must get tested immediately and isolate while awaiting a negative test result.
“Get tested again on day six after your last visit to the venue. If you feel well, you do not need to self-isolate while waiting for this test result,” Mr Jones said.
No new cases were reported for Kyogle or Richmond Valley LGAs.
Across NSW, the number of covid cases reported has increased in recent days.
Contact tracing around the state has shown that the virus has spread among vaccinated people at a range of indoor settings where people are socialising including pubs, nightclubs and parties.
This is also occurring in Northern NSW, Mr Jones said.
The vaccine is effective at protecting against severe disease, but although the risk of transmission is reduced, spread can still occur among fully vaccinated people.
It is very important that people planning to attend venues or functions protect each other by using QR codes, physical distancing and wearing masks as much as possible and practising hand hygiene, Mr Jones said.


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