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COVID-19 virus fragments detected in sewage

The NSW Sewage Surveillance Program tests untreated sewage for fragments of the COVID-19 (SARSCoV- 2) virus at sewage treatment plant locations across NSW.

There are a number of sewage detections across metro and regional NSW. The locations listed generally represent new detections or in areas at high risk where there are no known cases. 

If you live in any of these areas you should monitor for symptoms. If you have even the mildest of symptoms (even if it appears to be a cold), get tested and self-isolate immediately. 

Location Sample date Area served
Balranald sewage treatment plant 15 September The Balranald sewage treatment plant serves about 1100 people.
Ballina sewage treatment plant 16 September The Ballina sewage treatment plant serves about 31,000 people.
Byron Bay sewage treatment plant 16 September The Byron Bay sewage treatment plant serves about 9000 people.
Cowra sewage treatment plant 16 September The Cowra sewage treatment plant serves about 9800 people.
Dareton sewage treatment plant 16 September Dareton sewage treatment plant serves about 500 people.
Eden sewage treatment plant 15 September The Eden sewage treatment plant serves about 8000 people.
Oberon sewage treatment plant 20 September The Oberon sewage treatment plant serves about 3300 people.
South Kempsey sewage treatment plant 16 September South Kempsey sewage treatment plant serves about 4700 people.

 

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