Central Coast on high alert as residents of 36 suburbs are warned to check for Covid-19 symptoms after traces of the virus are found in sewageCovid-19 fragments have been found in sewage on the Central Coast of NSW NSW Health issued an alert for 36 suburbs in the region to watch for symptoms Two confirmed coronavirus cases have also been linked to the Central Coast
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)
A confirmed Covid case form Sydney recently visited Avoca Beach (pictured) on the central coast
‘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 COVID-19 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.
Residents of these suburbs are warned to watch for even mild symptoms of Covid-19 and get tested if they appear. Those people awaiting tests should also self-isolate until a negative result.
The Northern Beaches is being split into two sections at the Narrabeen Bridge, with those in the northern section where the cluster is centred suffering harsher Christmas restrictions than those in the south
Meanwhile, Sydney Northern Beaches cluster appears to be being brought under control courtesy of a record testing and tracing effort.
NSW announced just eight new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday.
The lower case number have prompted premier Gladys Berejiklian to ease restrictions ahead of Christmas, much to the relief of Sydneysiders.
Ms Berejiklian said most Sydneysiders would be allowed to invite 10 adults to their homes, with that number limited to five in the neighbourhoods at the epicentre of the outbreak.
The city’s residents have flocked to Covid testing centres en masse with more than 86,000 tests being conducted over Monday and Tuesday.
‘I’ve been so buoyed by the way the community has responded to what we’ve asked them to do,’ said Ms Berejiklian.
‘The testing numbers have been so pleasing. The way in which the northern beaches community, in particular, has responded has been so positive.’
Sydneysiders have been flocking to Covid-19 testing sites in the city (pictured) in record numbers
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