NAMBUCCA Heads is on COVID alert after a number of people who attended a funeral in the town on October 23 have contracted the virus.
The North Coast Public Health Unit is urging anyone who attended a large funeral at Lions Park, Nambucca Headland on Saturday, October 23 at 11am to come forward for COVID-19 testing.
A small number of people who attended the funeral have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
The cases, all from the Nambucca Valley local government area, were diagnosed on Thursday (October 28) and will be included in Friday's NSW figures.
Contact tracing is underway and the North Coast Public Health Unit is working to assess whether any of those attending the funeral will be classified as close or casual contacts.
Anyone who attended the funeral is asked to isolate immediately and remain isolated until they receive a negative result or are contacted directly by NSW Health.
COVID-19 testing is available at both NSW Health and private clinics at Macksville, Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour:
- Macksville Drive-through clinic
11 Dudley Street, Macksville
Open tomorrow (Friday) 9am to 4pm
- Nambucca Respiratory Clinic
2191 Giinagay Way (Nambucca Plaza car park), Nambucca Heads
Open from 9am weekdays
- Nambucca Heads Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Shop 14 Seascape Mall, 38 Ridge Street, Nambucca Heads
Open weekdays 7.30am-11.30am and 12-2pm
- Coffs HarbourDrive-through clinic
Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour
Open weekdays 8am to 4.30pm, weekends 8am to 2pm
To find your nearest clinic, visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.
Meanwhile, Kempsey East Public School is the eighth school in the MNCLHD to close for deep cleaning after members of the school community test positive for COVID.
In just over a week, the MNCLHD has recorded 176 new COVID cases, the bulk of those being in Kempsey.
There have been 233 cases reported in the MNCLHD since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.
MNCLHD chief executive Stewart Dowrick said the numbers of cases is concerning and the health district is expecting them to continue to rise.
He added that most of the cases are in care at home with the support of NSW Health staff.
If you have even the mildest of cold-like symptoms, please visit one of our COVID-19 testing clinics at Kempsey, Macksville, South West Rocks, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, and Port Macquarie.
By getting tested and self-isolating until you receive a negative result, you will help to protect your loved ones and the community.
- KEMPSEY: Daisy Turner Kiosk at Kempsey Hospital, River Street entrance open 8am to 6pm; and car park at corner Sydney and Verge streets (opposite netball courts) open 8am to 4pm
- MACKSVILLE: Dudley Street open 9am to 1pm
- SOUTH WEST ROCKS: Community Health Centre, Steve Eagleton Drive, open 9am to 1pm
- COFFS HARBOUR: International Stadium, Stadium Drive, open 8am to 2pm
- WOOLGOOLGA: CWA Rooms, Beach Street, open 9am to 1.30pm
- PORT MACQUARIE: Regional Stadium, Boundary Street, open 8am to 2pm
There are 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/clinics or contact your GP.
For Kempsey residents, Kempsey District Hospital - River St entrance - 9am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday (Pfizer)
No appointment is necessary, just bring your Medicare card and photo ID. Please remember to wear your mask and observe physical distancing at all times.
Find available bookings at the Australian Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder (previously Eligibility Checker), or you can also call Health Direct on 1800 571 155 for assistance to book.