Gold Coast residents are again being urged to remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 after more fragments of the virus were detected in the city’s sewage.
Samples taken from the Coombabah wastewater treatment plant early last week have tested positive. Virus fragments have also been detected at Capalaba and Sandgate in South East Queenslnd.
“This does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, but we are treating this detection with absolute caution,” Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said.
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“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 people should continue to remain vigilant for signs of the virus.
“I am urging anyone who feels unwell and has any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, to get tested and isolate,” Dr Young said.
“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.”
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.