COVID-19 UPDATE: Fragments found in Newcastle sewage

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The people of Newcastle have been urged to remain vigilant after fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in the city’s sewage systems.

On Sunday (25 April), NSW Health said the fragments were found in samples taken from treatment plants and sewage networks in Burwood Beach last Wednesday 21 April.

The Burwood Beach Sewage Treatment Plant serves about 225,000 people and takes in the Newcastle City area and the surrounding suburbs of Dudley, Charlestown, Jesmond, Lambton, New Lambton, Mayfield, Elermore Vale, Wallsend, Kotara, Garden Suburb, Adamstown Heights, Kahibah, Highfields, Merewether, Waratah West, Georgetown and Carrington.

These positive sewage results could indicate the presence of people who have recently recovered from COVID-19, as they can continue to shed fragments of the virus for several weeks after recovery.

However, NSW Health is concerned that they could signal undetected cases in the community and asks people in these areas to be alert for any cold-like symptoms that could signal COVID 19, including sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever or headache.

Even if the mildest symptoms appear, it asks residents to isolate and get tested immediately and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/…/how-to-protect…/clinics or contact your GP.