The number of cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Northern NSW Local Health District has risen by one, bringing the total to 59.
The latest Northern NSW case was reported in the state-wide tally for 23 October and is a Tweed Shire resident who acquired their infection overseas and had recently returned to Australia. This person is currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney.
The person will be released from isolation once health staff confirm that it is safe to do so.
There have been no new confirmed cases of NSW-acquired COVID-19 reported in NNSWLHD residents since 25 July.
NNSWLHD cases by likely source of infection:
Overseas or interstate acquired 54
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case or in a known cluster 4
Locally acquired – source not identified 1
Under investigation 0
Across the Northern NSW Local Health District, more than 75,000 tests have now been conducted since the pandemic began.
Testing remains one of the most important tools for finding and controlling the virus, even while case numbers are low in NSW.
We strongly urge people to come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms, like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19.