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COVID traces found in Eden sewage

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There was no new cases of COVID recorded on the South Coast over the weekend however NSW Health has advised that fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been detected at the Eden sewage treatment plant.

The sample was taken on 8 and 9 September and is the first detection at the Eden sewage treatment plant. 

Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick said more undetected COVID-19 cases within the Bega Valley Shire remains a strong possibility.

“As more fragments are found, the possibility of there being unknown local cases increases, and we have already had two positive cases in Merimbula,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.

“If you live in Eden or the surrounding areas, or in fact anywhere in the shire, and you have the slightest hint of cold-like symptoms, you need to get tested.

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“This means if you are experiencing symptoms such as headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever, you must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.”

The Eden sewage treatment plant serves approximately 3000 people.

Council is sending samples from the sewage treatment plants in Eden, Bermagui, Merimbula and Bega, twice weekly to NSW Health for testing.

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging the Eden community to get tested with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage systems in the last 48 hours.

Meanwhile, a new exposure site has been identified in the Bega Valley.

Anyone who visited the Merimbula Caltex on Tuesday September 7 between 9am and 9:25am or Friday September 3 between 11:50am and 12.05am, is urged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative test is received.

Testing facilities and hours can be found at www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19-testing

COVID-19 cases and venues of concern are published on the Southern NSW Local Health District website at www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19-venues-of-concern

For the latest COVID-19 updates and advice, go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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