A fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Northern NSW.
A fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Northern NSW. Marc Stapelberg

Fourth coronavirus case confirmed in Northern NSW

UDPATE, 11.30am: WHILE there are no figures on the number of coronavirus tests being carried out on the Northern Rivers, or the number of test kits available, the CEO of Northern NSW Local Health District has re-assured residents the local health system is coping.

"Because we have a combination of public and private testing, we don't know the raw numbers that have been done in our local geography," Wayne Jones said on ABC radio this morning.

He said there had been more than 30,000 tests conducted across NSW.

"We need to be clear that we're testing the people with the highest risk. So that's why we have criteria to go for the testing," he said.

"One of the most salient points coming out of the testing is that less than 1 per cent of the tests are coming back positive.

"So whilst we're doing a significant amount of testing those turning out positive, are very, very low."

Original story: A FOURTH case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Northern NSW.

Wayne Jones, the Chief Executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District, said another positive test had been returned late last night.

He confirmed the fourth case while speaking on ABC North Coast.

Meanwhile, health authorities are chasing up further contacts for the third patient who tested positive for coronavirus on the North Coast.

It's understood this person was on Virgin flight VA1141 from Sydney to Ballina on March 10.

They want to speak to people seated in rows seven to 11.



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