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COVID-19 detected in Townsville wastewater


Traces of COVID-19 have been detected in sewerage at four more sites in Queensland, including a Townsville location. 

Samples collected from wastewater treatment plants at Gibson Island in South Brisbane, Cleveland Bay in Townsville, Pulgul in Hervey Bay and Maryborough this week, have all come back positive for viral fragments of coronavirus.

It comes as the state records nine new COVID-19 cases today, all of which were acquired overseas and detected while in hotel quarantine.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says while traces of the illness in our sewage does not necessarily mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, she is treating the detections with absolute caution.

“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.

“Given the recent case of community transmission in Brisbane and the regular detection of cases in other states, I am urging 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.”

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