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Traces of COVID found in Sunshine Coast sewage


Sunshine Coast residents with even the slightest sniffle or other COVID symptom are being urged to get tested for coronavirus.

It comes after fragments of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected at Maroochydore wastewater treatment plant.

Traces have also been found at Capalaba in Brisbane, and Maryborough.

Chief Health Officer doctor Jeanette Young says anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, should come forward and get tested.

"Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell," Dr Young says.

“As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, we’re still in this pandemic and we can’t be complacent.

“It is critical we detect any cases that we may not be aware of as quickly as possible through our testing system.

Dr Young has previously stated that wastewater detections can relate to former COVID-19 cases, that can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious.

Suburbs covered by the Maroochydore wastewater treatment plant include:

Alexandra Headland
Bli Bli
Forest Glen
Kunda Park
Maroochy River
Mountain Creek
Pacific Paradise
Sippy Downs
Twin Waters

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