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COVID-19 detected at Batemans Bay sewage treatment plant

People in the Batemans Bay area are being urged to come forward for testing if they have any symptoms after fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected at the sewage treatment plant.

The presence of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage may reflect the presence of people who have recovered from COVID-19 such as people released from hotel isolation returning to their place of residence.

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.

NSW Health also continues to urge people in south-western Sydney to get tested if they have any symptoms after fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected at the Liverpool sewage treatment plant.

While testing numbers have increased during the week, there are still too few people coming forward for testing. With restrictions eased and borders having reopened, now is not the time to be complacent.

Please come forward for testing immediately even with mild symptoms. Don’t wait to see if your runny nose or sore throat goes away.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit or contact your GP.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

· If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.

· Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.

· Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

· Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back.

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