More virus fragments found in Gold Coast wastewater

Queensland Health is again reminding Gold Coast residents to come forward and get tested even if they have the slightest symptoms after more wastewater samples showed signs of coronavirus.

It comes as New South Wales and Victoria battle potential outbreak situations, with both Sydney and Melbourne recently recording infections outside of hotel quarantine.

Over the last few days, health authorities warn that positive Covid results have shown up in wastewater catchments across south-east Queensland, including Pimpama, Coombabah, Merrimac and Loganholme sewage catchments.


Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett says the community has to remain vigilant.

“While it’s possible that these detections relate to previous COVID-19 cases who can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious, it is concerning that there have been three detections on the Gold Coast over the same testing period,” Dr Bennett 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.

“Getting tested is especially important now more than ever, as we know the new variants emerging overseas are more contagious than previous variants we have seen in Queensland,” she said.

Queensland Health says they’re also keeping a very close eye on the developing situations in Victoria and New South Wales, but it’s looking very positive so far.

“Both states have been quick to act in relation to their latest cases and we are continuing to monitor and review the situation daily,” Dr Bennett said.

“The hotel quarantine worker in Victoria has been confirmed as infectious while in the community, and I encourage anyone who has been in Victoria since 5 February to check the list of venues attended by this case and follow the health advice,” she said.

While anyone who has been in New South Wales since 2 February should check the list of venues attended by the latest case and follow the health advice.

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