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Covid virus detected at Bay sewerage plant

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Fragments of the virus that causes Covid 19 have been detected in samples taken on Tuesday this week from the sewerage system that serves Batemans Bay.

The catchment takes sewerage from about 21,000 people in the district.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in samples taken on Tuesday 17 November from the sewerage system that serves Batemans Bay as part of the state’s sewage surveillance program.

The positive sewage result can be due to shedding of the virus by someone who may have previously had the illness, with the virus ‘shedding’ through their system for up to six to eight weeks later.

While this positive result may be explained by a previous case who is no longer infectious, as a precaution, NSW Health is calling on people in the Batemans Bay area to get tested if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms.

In response to this latest NSW Health update, the Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic will be open for extended hours next week. Monday to Wednesday from 9am - 4pm.

NSW has recorded no new cases of Covid 19 through community transmission today.