Central Coast on high alert after traces of the coronavirus are found in sewage

About 140,000 residents across 36 suburbs on the Central Coast of New South Wales have been told to watch for coronavirus symptoms after several sewage samples tested positive. 

The affected samples were found at a plant in Kincumber, which serves Gosford, on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday the state’s Chief Health Officer said one positive case had also been found on the Central Coast, as well a person with Covid from Sydney who visited Avoca Beach. 

The affected samples were found at a plant in Kincumber which serves Gosford on Monday (pictured: health workers in protective gear at the Bondi testing clinic in Sydney)

The affected samples were found at a plant in Kincumber which serves Gosford on Monday (pictured: health workers in protective gear at the Bondi testing clinic in Sydney) 

‘We are aware that there is a Covid-positive case in the Central Coast as well as a case from Western Sydney who visited Avoca whilst infectious last weekend so there is an explanation for this but we want to take a cautious approach,’ Dr Kerry Chant said. 

NSW Health has not listed warnings for any hospitality venues on the Central Coast associated with the two cases in the region.

Central Coast residents are being asked to watch for symptoms, get tested if they have even the most mild signs of infection, and self-isolate while awaiting results. 

The virus fragments were detected as part of the state’s ongoing sewage surveillance program, which regularly tests for signs of the virus.  

THE 36 CENTRAL COAST SUBURBS PLACED ON ALERT 

Niagara Park, Narara, Lisarow, Wyoming, West Gosford, North Gosford, Somersby, Kariong, Point Clare, Tascott, Koolewong, Springfield, Erina, Terrigal, Wamberal, Forresters Beach, North Avoca, Avoca Beach, Copacabana, MacMasters Beach, Bouddi, Green Point, Yattalunga, Kincumber, Kincumber South, Bensville, Saratoga, Davistown, Empire Bay, St Huberts Island, Daleys Point, Killcare, Killcare Heights, Hardys Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe.

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