Northern NSW on alert after positive COVID case in Byron Bay

Health officials have confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in Byron Bay with northern New South Wales now on high alert.

The man in his 50s had travelled to the region from Sydney late last month.

It’s believed he was infectious in the community for around five days and is now being treated in hospital.


New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says investigations are underway into the source of his infection.

“We understand he did travel from Sydney towards the end of July. He is currently being re-interviewed and we are also arranging urgent testing of his two household contacts,” Dr Chant said.

“Once we have more information we’ll be alerting the community in terms of any venues that he has checked into. At the moment we don’t have any venues that he’s checked in using his QR code at this time.”

Dr Chant says authorities are looking into why the man and his family were in the region.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says they won’t put Byron into lockdown for now, but they are keeping a close eye on developments.

“So, the northern rivers community is on high alert, at this stage, there won’t be any further action taken,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We ask everybody in the Byron and northern rivers community who has any symptoms to come forward and get tested.”

It comes as Tamworth is now plunged into a seven-day lockdown after an infected person from Newcastle visited the area.

Armidale was also placed into lockdown on Sunday.

New South Wales recorded 283 new cases across the state in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

There was also another death, with a woman in her 90s succumbing to the virus in palliative care.

Officials say the Canterbury-Bankstown area remains the ‘epicentre’ for the virus in Sydney.