COVID-19 has been detected in the wastewater of 14 Melbourne suburbs with residents urged to get tested if they have any symptoms of the illness.
Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton on Sunday said the wastewater samples were from March 7 to 11 and anyone who visited these suburbs on the listed days should be on high alert for symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if “even mild” symptoms are present.
“Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from sewer catchments that service several Melbourne suburbs,” he said.
“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.”
The suburbs are:
- Laverton and Laverton North from March 9 to 11
- Werribee (east of the Werribee River) from March 9 to 11
- Balwyn North, Blackburn North, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Mitcham, Mont Albert North and Nunawading from March 9 to 11
- Sunbury (northeastern area) from March 7 to 11
Wastewater monitoring is now undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 70 wastewater treatment plants and 72 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.
Meanwhile, Victoria recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
The zero cases were the result of 11,382 tests.
There are two active cases in the state and no COVID patients in hospital.
There have been 31,202 vaccine doses administered in Victoria.