NSW Health has been notified that fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the sewage systems at Merimbula. The Merimbula sewage treatment plant serves about 15,000 people on the South Coast.
These positive sewage results may 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. If symptoms appear, please isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.
South East Regional Hospital will open its COVID-19 drive through testing clinic tomorrow (Anzac Day) 9am-1pm.
A full list of COVID-19 testing clinic sites and hours is available on our website: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19