COVID-19 fragments detected in Darwin wastewater, further testing underway

by | Jul 16, 2021 | COVID-19, News | 0 comments

Viral COVID-19 fragments have been detected in Darwin wastewater samples taken from the Ludmilla treatment plant on Wednesday, but health authorities said on Friday evening they are unsure if they are from active cases or from someone who has recovered.

It’s unclear why the government did not report the positive samples before Friday night.

The government said the Centre for Disease Control confirmed there are people who live in the massive catchment area – that includes the CBD to Parap to Winnellie – that have recently been released from the Howard Springs quarantine facility, which they said might have caused the readings as they shed the virus following their recovery.

But they could not be sure there is not an active case or cases.

“Further testing of wastewater across Darwin and in the Ludmilla catchment will be undertaken to monitor the situation,” the government said in a statement.

“As always, it is important for everyone to get tested for COVID-19 if showing any symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, change in taste or smell and a sore throat.”

The Ludmilla water treatment plant catchment area includes:

  • Bayview
  • Cullen Bay
  • Darwin
  • Darwin Waterfront
  • Dinah Beach
  • Fannie Bay
  • Ludmilla
  • Parap
  • Tipperary Waters
  • Winnellie
  • Woolner

“The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions,” the statement said.

“To arrange a COVID test please book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.”

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