COVID-19 alert 350km from Melbourne

By | February 6, 2021

Health authorities have confirmed a weak detection of viral coronavirus fragments from wastewater in Mt Beauty on February 1.

The state chief health officer’s daily COVID-19 statement on Friday afternoon urged anyone who lives in or has visited the Mt Beauty, Tawonga and Tawonga South area from January 26 to February 1 to get tested if they have any symptoms.

“Weak detections of the virus in wastewater may be due to people who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to shed the virus or from an active infectious case,” it read.

Viral fragments were also recently detected in wastewater at several other locations across Victoria.

“While viral fragments have not been detected in samples since taken from these sites, anyone who lives in or has visited Lakes Entrance from 26 to 28 January, Castlemaine, Cowes, Hamilton, Pakenham or Warrnambool from 25 to 27 January, Gisborne from 24 to 26 January, or Leongatha from 17 to 19 January, is urged to get tested if they have any symptoms,” the Department of Health statement read.

It comes after Victoria recorded no new locally-acquired cases of coronavirus on Friday.

There are 24 active cases in Victoria made up of one locally acquired case and 23 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

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