New Covid alert for 40,500 people in 14 Sydney suburbs

·News Reporter
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NSW Health has issued another warning after Covid-19 samples were found in a sewage network which services more than 40,000 people.

Fragments of the virus were found at a sewage network site at Homebush in Sydney.

Health workers conduct coronavirus testing at a Covid-19 facility at Rozelle in Sydney.
Workers conduct tests at a facility in Rozelle. Source: AAP

“This catchment area includes about 40,500 people and takes sewage from the suburbs of Homebush West, Strathfield, Concord West, Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point, Newington, Lidcombe, Homebush, Silverwater, Petersham, Liberty Grove, Rhodes, North Strathfield and Concord,” NSW Health said.

“NSW Health is aware of recent Covid-19 cases in returned overseas travellers, who have left hotel quarantine and live in this catchment. People who have recently recovered from Covid-19 can continue to shed virus fragments into the sewerage system for several weeks even after they are no longer infectious.”

A map of Sydney with affected water treatment plants with Covid samples detected is pictured.
Covid-19 fragments have been detected in a sewage network servicing Homebush and surrounding areas. It's service area is depicted on this map, west of Sydney's CBD. Source: NSW Health

Homebush catchment area suburbs

  • Homebush West

  • Strathfield

  • Concord West

  • Sydney Olympic Park

  • Wentworth Point

  • Newington

  • Lidcombe

  • Homebush

  • Silverwater

  • Petersham

  • Liberty Grove

  • Rhodes

  • North Strathfield

  • Concord

The health department is now asking for people in these suburbs to watch for coronavirus symptoms and if they do appear to get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

Advice for NSW residents returning from Victoria

Travellers from Victoria are also now required to self-isolate for seven days after arriving in NSW following the outbreak of Covid-19 sent Victoria into lockdown.

“People are only permitted to leave their places of residence for limited reasons, including shopping for essential items, medical care including Covid-19 vaccinations, caregiving, outdoor exercise, and essential work or education, if you cannot do it from home,” NSW Health said.

“People subject to the stay-at-home measures in Victoria should not be travelling to NSW unless they are permitted to do so.”

Earlier on Friday, the Department of Health announced four new locally acquired cases, taking the outbreak's total to 30.

Of the four new cases three are associated with the Whittlesea outbreak and one is a close contact of a positive case of the Stratton Finance, Port Melbourne outbreak.

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