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Twelve Sydney suburbs on alert after COVID-19 traces found in sewage

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Residents in 12 Sydney suburbs are being urged to be tested if they have “even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms” after traces of the virus were found in sewage.

Residents in 12 Sydney suburbs are being urged to be tested if they have "even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms" after traces of the virus were found in sewage.

NSW Health said last night that the fragments of virus had been detected in samples taken on Sunday from the sewerage system that drains parts of Riverstone, Vineyard, Marsden Park, Shanes Park, Quakers Hill, Oakville, Box Hill, The Ponds, Rouse Hill, Nelson, Schofields and Colebee.

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The discovery could reflect the presence of known cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in recent week, but NSW Health "is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are just a cold".

"Particularly in light of the easing of restrictions on gatherings announced earlier (on Wednesday), it is important that people in these areas be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear," NSW Health said.

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"Cold-like symptoms, including a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19."

After testing, people must isolate until a negative result is received.

Sewage testing in NSW for genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, started in July.

There is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted via wastewater systems.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/health/nsw-coronavirus-sydney-12-suburbs-testing-traces-of-covid19-in-sewage/d39ec3dd-00e5-4384-b7c5-3ce36d59f0b2

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