HOSPITAL: Visits to loved ones made slightly easier

Visiting a friend or family member in hospital just got a little easier.

A patient may have one visitor once a day for one hour, between the hours of 1pm-6pm.

Visitors must be at least 12 years of age, and must  be fully vaccinated.

Visitors will need to carry evidence of their vaccination status on entry to the hospital and must wear a surgical mask while on site.

Northern NSW Local Health District acting chief executive Lynne Weir said people should continue to keep up to date with contact tracing alerts, and be vigilant against any symptoms of covid so they do not attend a health facility if they feel unwell.

“People must not visit if they have any covid symptoms, are a close contact of a confirmed case (or are within their isolation period), live in a household with a person who is currently isolating, or if they are waiting for a covid test result,” Ms Weir said.

“People also must not visit if they have been to case locations in NSW, interstate affected areas or New Zealand in the past 14 days.”

Women using birthing services can continue to nominate one support person during her labour, birth and post-delivery.

The visiting arrangements will continue to be reviewed in light of local case numbers and vaccination rates, Ms Weir said.

There was one reported case of covid in the Northern Rivers today.

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