COVID-19 fragments found in Gold Coast wastewater

Gold Coast residents are being urged to remain vigilant for signs of COVID-19 after fragments of the virus were detected in the city’s sewage.

Queensland Health has confirmed samples taken from the Elanora wastewater treatment plant have tested positive.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, should come forward and get tested.


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“Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell,” Dr Young said.

“It is very important people with symptoms come forward right away and get tested… we can’t be complacent, we’re still in this pandemic.”

Dr Young said it is “critical we detect any cases that we may not be aware of as quickly as possible” to contain any potential spread.

“We are concerned by the new variants that are emerging overseas that are more contagious than previous variants we have seen in Queensland,” she said.

“It’s also possible that this detection relates to previous COVID-19 cases that can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious.”

Suburbs included in the Elanora catchment include Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Currumbin Waters, Elanora, Miami, Palm Beach, Tallebudgera, Tallebudgera Valley and Tugun.