COVID-19 northern beaches: Warriewood sewerage samples show traces of virus

HEALTH ALERT: Traces of COVID-19 have been detected in sewerage samples from Warriewood. Picture: Shutterstock
HEALTH ALERT: Traces of COVID-19 have been detected in sewerage samples from Warriewood. Picture: Shutterstock

PEOPLE in the northern beaches are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 after the state's sewage surveillance program found traces of the virus in a Warriewood sewage treatment plant.

"NSW Health's sewage surveillance program has overnight detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at a treatment plant in Warriewood, which takes in a catchment of more than 160,000 people on the northern beaches," a statement from NSW Health said on Thursday morning.

"While this likely reflects known recent confirmed cases in these areas, everyone living or working there should monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear."

NSW Health is continuing to urge people in the northern beaches to come forward for testing if they have even the mildest of symptoms, such as a sore throat or cough.

"High testing rates help reveal cases that would otherwise go undetected," NSW Health said.

"Every person who gets tested is not only helping to protect others in the community, but they are also playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19."

Meanwhile, a number of northern beaches venues remain on the COVID-19 alert list.

For the full list of testing sites in the local government area visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics.

Find us on social

Follow the Northern Beaches Review on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor at: editor@northernbeachesreview.com.au

Want the latest news direct to your inbox?

Sign up for our free newsletters here...