A Queensland town situated 800+ KM from Brisbane has been urged by the QLD health Minister to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after viral fragments were discovered at a local wastewater treatment plant.
Health Minister Yvette D’ath told Emerald residents that fragments of the virus that cause COVID-19 were detected in samples taken from Emerald, in the Central Highlands Region, during routine testing.
D’ath stated that it could be a previously confirmed case that is no longer infectious but is shedding fragments of the virus or an undiagnosed case of COVID19.
“We have positive sewage and wastewater in Emerald at the moment. We know that can just be a sign of someone’s past positive cases still shedding but let’s not take the risk,” she said.
“Please keep up the testing … If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, please come out and get tested.”
QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shared her COVID-19 update this morning with no mention of the findings.
Monday 31 May – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 0 new cases
• 14 active cases
• 1,618 total cases
• 2,629,978* tests conducted
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) May 30, 2021