COVID case confirmed in northern New South Wales

New South Wales Health officials have confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in northern New South Wales, with initial investigations revealing the infected person spent time in the Tweed.

The person arrived in Ballina on Saturday 18 September after flying from Sydney on Virgin flight VA 1141.

The flight departed Sydney at 7.30am and landed in Ballina at 8.45am.


All passengers and crew on that flight are being contacted by NSW Health and will need to get tested and self-isolate.

Health officials say the infected person had been infectious in the community between Saturday and Monday and visited several areas in northern New South Wales.

“Initial investigations indicate that this person has been infectious in the Byron, Ballina and Tweed areas between 18 and 20 September,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“The person is not a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District but is isolating and receiving care in the area.”

Further contact tracing is now underway with officials working to identify any exposure sites.

It’s not clear at this stage if the positive case will force parts of northern New South Wales back into lockdown.

New South Wales officials are expected to provide more details at its daily briefing on Tuesday.

The case could also have implications for the border bubble with Queensland.