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COVID-19 traces found in Noosa wastewater

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Fragments of coronavirus have been detected at the Noosa wastewater treatment plant.

This treatment plant services the suburbs of Boreen Point, Castaways Beach, Cooroibah, Marcus Beach, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Peregian Beach, Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach and Tewantin.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service public health physician Dr Penny Hutchinson says anyone with symptoms – no matter how mild – should come forward for testing.

"Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell," Dr Hutchinson says.

"It is very important people with symptoms come forward right away and get tested – we can't be complacent, we're still in this pandemic.

"It is critical we detect any cases that we may not be aware of as quickly as possible through our testing system, to contain any potential spread.”

Dr Hutchinson says it’s also possible that this detection relates to previous COVID-19 cases who can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious.

If you’d like to know which suburbs are included this catchment, visit the Queensland Health wastewater areas webpage.

For more information about Queensland’s wastewater surveillance program, visit the Queensland Health website.

To access a full list of COVID-19 testing locations, with interactive map and post code search, visit www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.