Covid-19 virus fragments found in sewage at Liverpool treatment plant

Get tested: A COVID-19 testing clinic has been set up at Campbelltown Hospital to test locals who may have the virus. Picture: Simon Bennett
Get tested: A COVID-19 testing clinic has been set up at Campbelltown Hospital to test locals who may have the virus. Picture: Simon Bennett

The discovery of Covid-19 virus fragments in sewage at a treatment plant in Liverpool has prompted NSW Health to renew its calls for residents across the south west to get tested.

The virus fragments were detected through the state's ongoing sewage surveillance program.

Detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of known cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in recent weeks in the area served by this sewage treatment plant.

However, 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.

The area served by the treatment plant includes the suburbs of Bardia, Hinchinbrook, Hoxton Park, Abbotsbury, Ingleburn, Prestons, Holsworthy, Edmondson Park, Austral, Cecil Park, Cecil Hills, Elizabeth Hills, Bonnyrigg Heights, Edensor Park, Green Valley, Pleasure Point, Casula, Hammondville, Liverpool, Moorebank, Wattle Grove, Miller, Cartwright, Lurnea, Warwick Farm, Chipping Norton, Voyager Point, Macquarie Links, Glenfield, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Leppington, West Hoxton, Horningsea Park, Middleton Grange, Len Waters Estate, Carnes Hill, Denham Court.

Earlier this month Dr Dong Hua, who is operating the GP-led respiratory clinics testing for Covid-19 at Campbelltown and Fairfield, said healthcare providers were concerned about these potential active cases in people who had not been tested.

"We're worried about the recent drop in testing numbers. It's very important that testing numbers remain high," he said.

"It's our best weapon to find and stop community transmission of Covid-19.

"Please don't assume you have a cold or hay fever.

"Anyone who has even the mildest of symptoms of Covid-19 - like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of smell or loss of taste - should be tested."

People in the Liverpool sewage catchment area must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear.

Covid-19 fragments were also detected at the Glenfield sewage treatment plant last month.

Symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be Covid-19.

After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

The only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW.

Testing clinics in Macarthur include:

  • Campbelltown Hospital, Therry Road, Campbelltown, 8.00am-6.30pm, seven days a week
  • Oran Park Pop-up Clinic, Julia Reserve Community Centre, Peter Brock Drive, Oran Park, 8.00am-6.30pm, seven days a week

To find your nearest clinic visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.

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