COVID update: Alert for Cabbage Tree Island, more exposure sites in Byron

TESTING TIMES: All residents of Cabbage Tree Island are being asked to come forward for COVID-19 testing. Picture: Shutterstock
TESTING TIMES: All residents of Cabbage Tree Island are being asked to come forward for COVID-19 testing. Picture: Shutterstock

All members of the Cabbage Tree Island community are being asked to come forward for testing after a person who is a now a confirmed case of COVID-19 passed through the area last week.

Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNLHD), said the infected person - who is now back in Sydney - was infectious between September 14 and 16 in the Wardell and Cabbage Tree Island areas. Contact tracing is under way,

"As a precautionary measure to help detect any potential transmission quickly, we are asking all members of the Cabbage Tree Island community to come forward for testing as soon as possible, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19," Ms Weir said.

People will not need to isolate after getting their test if they:

  • Don't have any symptoms
  • Don't live with someone who has any symptoms
  • Haven't been to a venue of concern at the specified time, and
  • are not a household close contact of someone with COVID-19.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the northern rivers to 8pm last night, and stay at home orders are lifted for Lismore from midnight tonight with some Council facilities reopening tomorrow, including the Lismore Memorial Baths and the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Meanwhile, there are a number of new exposure sites associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until they get a negative result.

  • Byron Bay: ROWIE, Shop 1/ 1 Marvell St, Saturday 18 September, 10:20am to 10:40pm
  • Byron Bay: Wanderlust Swim Shop, 1/15 Fletcher St, Saturday 18 September 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Byron Bay: iKOU, 1/8 Lawson St, Saturday 18 September 11:00am to 12:30pm

Previously listed exposure sites

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result.

  • Kingscliff: Kingscliff Beach Hotel 102 Marine Parade Sunday 19 September 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Kingscliff: Kingscliff Salt Bar Beach bar and Bistro on Saturday 18 September, 6:40pm to 8:00pm.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed are considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until they get a negative result.

  • Byron Bay: Combi, 5b/21-25 Fletcher Street, Saturday 18 September, 9:45am to 10:15am
  • Byron Bay: Assembly Label, 28 Jonson Street, Saturday 18 September, 10:40am to 11:00am
  • Byron Bay: Orgasmic Food Byron Bay, 11 Bay Lane, Saturday 18 September, 12:30pm to 1pm
  • Casuarina: Casuarina Health and Lifestyle Pharmacy, 10/482 Casuarina Way, Saturday 18 September, 2:15pm to 2:30pm
  • Kingscliff: Peppers Salt Resort and Spa - Reception Area, Bells Boulevard, Saturday 18 September, 2.30pm to 2:50pm
  • Kingscliff: Saltbean CafĂ©, 12 Bells Boulevard, Sunday 19 September 7:40am to 8:00am; Sunday 19 September, 10:15am to 10:45am; and Monday 20 September, 7:40am to 8:00am

Extra testing clinics

The Northern NSW Local Health District is calling on the community to come forward for testing in large numbers to detect any further potential cases.

It said fragments of the COVID-19 virus were again detected in the Wardell and Ballina sewage treatment plants, from samples taken on 19 September.

"This is the second detection in recent days for these sites. We urge people in these communities to come forward for testing if they have even mild cold-like symptoms, and isolate until a negative result is received," a statement said.

Extra testing clinics are open this week across the region:

  • QML Drive through testing clinic - TAFE NSW Kingscliff, 806 Cudgen Road, open from 9am to 4pm
  • QML Drive through testing clinic - Cavanbah Sports Ground, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, open from 9am-4pm
  • Cabbage Tree Island Health Post, open from 10am - 3pm

Under the Public Health orders, everyone in the affected LGAs must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, compassionate needs, exercise and work or tertiary education if you can't work or study at home.

People who are fully vaccinated can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people for exercise or outdoor recreation, if all of those aged 16 or older are fully vaccinated.