As of 8pm yesterday, 12 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in northern NSW.
Nine cases have been identified in the Grafton area, including in the Clarence Valley Local Government Area.
Of these cases, five households are linked to a previously identified case that is included in a cluster.
The source of the four other cases is still under investigation.
Three cases have been identified in the Ballina LGA; all are under investigation.
Currently, it appears these three cases have been contagious in the community, according to the Northern NSW Local Health District.
One of the Ballina cases is from Ballina Coast High School, forcing the school to close and students and staff for self-isolation so far.
In the region, four cases are hospitalized, one of which is in intensive care.
Contact tracking is currently under investigation to determine additional areas of concern.
The Northern NSW Local Health District also announced the opening of a new COVID-19 test clinic tomorrow, October 14, at Laverty Pathology, Vere Street, in Grafton.
Two COVID-19 test centers are already open in Grafton along with three in Ballina, one in Alstonville and two in Lennox Head.