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COVID-19 detected in sewage at Merimbula and Goulburn

Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) is urging the Goulburn and Merimbula communities to get tested with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage systems in the last 48 hours.

While there are currently three previously reported, active COVID-19 cases in Goulburn, there are no known cases in Merimbula. This is the second detection of COVID-19 in the Merimbula sewage system this week. The LHD is concerned that the presence of these fragments could signal undetected cases in the community.

The Merimbula sewage treatment plant serves approximately 15,000 people. The Goulburn sewage treatment plan serves approximately 10,500 people.

The NSW Sewage Surveillance Program tests untreated sewage for fragments of the COVID-19 virus at sewage treatment plant locations across NSW.

The District urges people in the area to be alert for any cold-like symptoms that could signal COVID‑19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever. If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

Testing is available at Bega, Merimbula and Goulburn this weekend:

Club Sapphire Drive-Through

119 Main Street, Merimbula

8.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 28 August

9.00am – 2.00pm Sunday 29 August

South East Regional Hospital Drive-Through

4 Virginia Drive, Bega

8.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Sunday

Goulburn Base Hospital

130 Goldsmith Street, Goulburn

Entry through the ‘old’ main entrance.

9.00am – 3.00pm Monday - Sunday.

Goulburn Capital Pathology Drive-Through

Old Public Works Building, 2 Bourke Street, Goulburn.

Enter via Bourke Street, south bound only

8.00am – 4.00pm Monday - Friday

8.00am - 12.00pm Saturday

Closed Sunday

Goulburn Laverty Drive Through

Seiffert Oval, Faithful Street, Goulburn.

8.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday

8.00 – 12.00pm Saturday

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Last updated: 28 August 2021