Viral fragments detected in wastewater samples in Western suburbs
Viral fragments have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from sewer catchments in the eastern, western, north-western and outer northern suburbs.
Given the current prolonged period of no community transmission in Victoria, it is most likely that this is due to a person or persons continuing to shed the virus after the infection period however, it could also be due to a person living in or travelling through the area in the early active infectious phase.
The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system to support our ongoing efforts in continuing to protect the COVIDSafe environment we have achieved and therefore a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.
People who live in or have visited these areas who have or develop COVID symptoms are strongly encouraged to get tested and help keep Victoria communities COVID free.
Western suburbs catchment 18-26 April 2021
Persons visiting or residing in Albanvale, Burnside, Burnside Heights, Cairnlea, Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Delahey, Hillside (Melton), Keilor Downs, Kings Park, Plumpton, Ravenhall, Sydenham, Taylors Hill or Taylors Lakes.
North-western suburbs catchment 18-26 April 2021
Persons visiting or residing in Avondale Heights, Calder Park, Hillside (Melton), Kealba, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor East, Keilor Lodge, Keilor North, Keilor Park, Sydenham or Taylors Lakes.
Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/wastewater-testing-covid-19
Find your nearest COVID-19 testing site: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-testing-sites