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29 May, 2021

COVID fragments found in Emerald Sewage

Viral fragments of COVID-19 has been found in a recent routine testing of an Emerald sewage treatment plant.

By Morgan Burley

COVID-19 fragments have been detected in Emerald wastewater.

Viral fragments of SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as COVID-19, have been confirmed in sewage during recent routine testing at the Emerald South wastewater treatment plant.

The detection was recorded on May 25, however according to the Queensland Health website, it was not detected in the wastewater the week prior.

Queensland Health officials said the fragments could either indicate "the presence of an undiagnosed case of COVID-19 in the community, or that a case who is no longer infectious is still shedding fragments of the virus".

Health officials are encouraging anyone from Emerald to get tested if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 

These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is reminded to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

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