COVID-19 Fragments Detected in Maroubra Sewage as New Exposure Site List Grows

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On the same day that the lockdown in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour was announced, a public health alert was issued for residents of Maroubra, Auburn, Lough Park, St Marys, West Camden and Ireland Park after fragments of COVID-19 were detected in their sewage network.

The NSW Health said that locals in these areas should be “vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID” and self-isolate as soon as possible if they are exhibiting cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever. 

The Maroubra sewage network serves over 90,500 homes and establishments in the following Eastern Sydney suburbs, which have entered into a lockdown from 25 June to 9 July 2021, along with Greater Sydney: 

  • Bondi Junction
  • Bronte
  • Centennial Park
  • Clovelly
  • Coogee
  • Daceyville
  • Eastlakes
  • Kensington
  • Kingsford
  • Maroubra
  • Matraville
  • Moore Park
  • Paddington
  • Pagewood
  • Queens Park
  • Randwick
  • Rosebery
  • South Coogee
  • Waverley
  • Woollahra

In addition to the sewage detection, health officials have also expanded the list of COVID-19 exposure sites. 

Anyone who has been in these venues is considered a “close contact” and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of their test results. 

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If their symptoms progress, they may call 1800 943 553 or any of these agencies for assistance:

  • Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

Sydneysiders are also urged to regularly check NSW Health for succeeding alerts and updates.