COVID-19 fragments detected in Forster sewage

COVID-19 fragments detected in Forster sewage

UPDATE: Thurday, August 19, 12.30pm

COVID-19 fragments have been found at the Forster sewage plant, it was announced on Thursday morning, August 19.

The sewage plant servces around 12,000 people.

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead says he has been advised the detection is separate to the known case in Tuncurry, who is isolating at home the entire time.

"I am urging anyone, with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested so we can nip this in the bud and prevent the spread within our community," Mr Bromhead said.

A mass testing clinic will be set up at Tuncurry race course shortly.

"My message is to stay home unless absolutely necessary, come forward to get tested and get vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available to you," Mr Bromhead said.

Thursday, August 19, 11am

COVID-19 fragments have been found at the Forster sewage plant, it was announced on Thursday morning, August 19.

Sewage fragments were also found in Yamba on the north coast, and Bateau Bay on the south coast.

The Hunter New England Local Health District recorded five new cases to 8pm on Wednesday, three in Jesmond and two in Elemore Vale. All five are connected to previously reported cases. This brings HNEHLD cases to 150, with 28 people currently hospitalised, but none in intensive care.

The MidCoast local government area remains COVID free apart from a young woman isolating at Tuncurry, who returned to the area from Newcastle on Thursday, August 5, the day lockdown was announced.

Her family members have also been isolating and have tested negative.