Mid-North Coast residents urged to get Covid tests after positive sewerage test findings

New South Wales Mid North Coast residents are being urged to get tested after COVID-19 fragments were found in three local sewage treatment plants.

By Emma Siossian and Luisa Rubbo

Key points:

  • Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the sewage test results won’t have much impact on whether the lockdown lifts
  • The Local Health District is urging residents to get tested
  • It has been more than two weeks since two cases were confirmed in Kempsey

The detections were made in the Port Macquarie, Bonny Hills and Dunbogan facilities on August 30.

NSW Health said it was a worrying sign because there were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 anywhere in the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

It has now been more than 14 days since two positive cases were reported at Kempsey.

Read the full ABC Mid-North Coast story here; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-01/covid-19-fragments-detected-in-several-mid-north-coast-areas/100425054


Lead photo by Luisa Rubbo, ABC Mid-North Coast.

COVID-19 investigations in Casino

A related story in regards to Northern NSW was released by Northern NSW Health yesterday;

NSW Health is investigating whether there are any potential venues of concern in Northern NSW after a person tested positive to COVID-19 several days after visiting the Casino area.

This person is not a resident of Northern NSW Local Health District and is no longer in the area.

At this stage, NSW Health can confirm the case was infectious in the community on Saturday 21 August, and investigations are continuing.

NSW Health will announce any close contact locations if and when they are determined.

As a precautionary measure, a mobile testing clinic is being set up at Muli Muli Aboriginal community on Wednesday 1 September. People in this community are urged to come forward for testing if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are concerned they may have come into contact with the case.

Anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative test result is received.

There are several testing clinics located in Casino:

  • Casino Respiratory Clinic, 107 Barker Street, Casino. Open Monday-Friday. Appointments required.
  • Casino Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 166 Canterbury Street, RSM Centre, Casino. Open Monday – Friday. Appointments not required.
  • Casino 4Cyte Pathology Drive Through clinic. Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Open Monday – Friday. Appointments not required.

A full list of testing clinics can be found at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics

We appreciate that any news of COVID-19 in the community does cause concern, and we will communicate any further information as soon as possible.

See; https://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/blog/2021/08/31/covid-19-investigations-in-casino/

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