More COVID fragments found in Gold Coast wastewater

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

Samples taken from the Merrimac wastewater treatment plant tested positive last week.

Positive samples were also detected in Cairns North and at Cannonvale in the Airlie Beach area.


Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says while it doesn’t mean there are COVID cases out there, they are taking the positive samples seriously.

“A positive sewage result means that someone who has been infected was shedding the virus. Infected people can shed viral fragments and that shedding can happen for several weeks after the person is no longer infectious,” Dr Young said.

“I continue to urge anyone who feels unwell in these communities to get tested and isolate.

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

“If there is a case we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread.”

Queensland recorded another day with no new local cases of coronavirus, with Brisbane on track to have its restrictions eased on Friday.

There were three cases in hotel quarantine, including two international flight crew who have since left the country.

Read more: Queensland records another day without a local COVID-19 case


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Yeah right scaremongering at it’s finest