The Queensland Government is urging people who feel unwell to continue coming forward and getting tested for COVID-19.
It comes after fragments of the virus were detected at four more wastewater sites in Queensland.
Samples taken from the Mackay South, Goodna, Wacol and Carole Park treatment plants tested positive last week.
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“While this does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, we are treating these detections seriously,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said
“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 remain vigilant for symptoms of the virus.
“I continue to urge anyone who feels unwell in these communities to get tested and isolate,” Dr Young said.
“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.”
Three new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Queensland yesterday, all acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.