Virus detected in wastewater on the Gold Coast, SEQ

Queensland Health has confirmed that more wastewater samples have tested positive in several areas across the south east.

Seven sites returned positive results today, including one area in Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast.

The other locations are Gibson Island (South Brisbane), Luggage Point (North Brisbane), Pimpama, Coombabah, Capalaba, Loganholme and Wynnum.


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Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says it’s not time for panic.

“This does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, but we are treating these detections with absolute caution, especially considering the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster.

“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.

“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,” Doctor Young said.

It comes as Queensland adds three more coronavirus cases to the tally today, but none are of concern to authorities.

Related article: Three new cases in Qld, Premier says they’re of “no concern”

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It would be interesting if the sewage on north or south straddie and the other islands was tested.