Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in the Byron Bay sewage treatment plant (STP) according to NSW Health.
‘NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plant at Bryon Bay,’ they say on the NSW Health website.
The COVID-19 fragments were detected following samples taken from the Byron STP on Tuesday, 20 July .
‘There are no known cases in this area, which is of great concern,’ state BSW Health.
The sewage treatment plant serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise, and Broken Head.
‘Everyone in the area is asked to be especially vigilant for symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again,’ say NSW Health.
Fever Clinics in Northern NSW
There are four (4) hospital Fever Clinics in the Northern NSW Local Health District. They are located at:
- Byron Central Hospital – 54 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale, NSW 2481 | Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week
- Lismore Base Hospital – Uralba Street, Lismore, NSW 2480 | Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week
- The Tweed Hospital – Solander Street, Tweed Heads, NSW 2485 | Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week
- Grafton Base Hospital – Arthur Street, Grafton, NSW 2460 | Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week
To find the closest testing clinic near you go to NSW Health testing clinics.
The purpose of these clinics is for people who have respiratory symptoms or fever and who are at risk of COVID-19, for example because they were in contact with a COVID-19 case, or have returned from overseas in the 14 days before onset of symptoms.
People do not need to call ahead to attend these clinics. If attending another Emergency Department for assessment of COVID-19, please advise staff immediately on arrival. You can also phone (not visit) your regular GP for advice and to arrange testing.
For a full list of clinics in NSW, and information on what to expect when getting a COVID-19 test, such as self-isolating and getting your results, visit:
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