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Another sewage detection and four local cases

Oct 16, 2021

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There were four cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm yesterday (15 October). All are from the Kempsey Local Government Area (LGA).

One of the cases is linked to a known case from the Kempsey LGA announced this week and the source of the infection of the other three cases is under investigation.

There have been 51 cases reported in the MNCLHD since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.

The North Coast Public Health Unit is currently investigating these cases and contact tracing is underway, including any potential exposure venues of public concern.

COVID-19 exposure sites are listed on the NSW Government website. We encourage you to regularly check the website as the list of venues of concern and relevant health advice is updated as new cases emerge and investigations continue.

There has also been a detection of COVID-19 fragments in sewage samples taken at Coffs Harbour on 13 October. The Coffs Harbour Sewage Treatment Plant serves around 57,000 residents of the urban areas of the city.

Detection of virus fragments in sewage can help provide early warning of undetected infections in an area but can also be due to shedding of the virus by someone who may have previously had the illness and may no longer be infectious.

It can also be the result of a person with COVID-19 who may have visited the community and has since left the area.

Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.

There are 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit the NSW Government website or contact your GP.

We encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are able to. Find available bookings at the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder (previously Eligibility Checker), or you can also call Health Direct on 1800 571 155 for assistance to book. 

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