Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from sewer catchments that service several Melbourne suburbs.
Anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms is urged to get tested, especially who lives in or has visited these areas from 9 to 11 March:
- Laverton and Laverton North from 9 to 11 March
- Werribee (east of the Werribee River) from 9 to 11 March
- Balwyn North, Blackburn North, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Mitcham, Mont Albert North and Nunawading from 9 to 11 March.
- Sunbury (north-eastern area) from 7 to 11 March.
Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the early infectious period.
Wastewater monitoring is now undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 70 wastewater treatment plants and 72 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.