Second COVID-19 detection at Cronulla Sewage Treatment Plant

No lines: The NSW Health run COVID-19 testing clinic at Caringbah this morning. Picture: Chris Lane
No lines: The NSW Health run COVID-19 testing clinic at Caringbah this morning. Picture: Chris Lane

NSW Health says it has been notified today of a second detection of COVID-19 virus fragments at Cronulla Sewage Treatment Plant.

"NSW Health was this morning notified of a second detection at the Cronulla Sewage Treatment Plant," NSW Health said.

"NSW Health is aware of recently confirmed COVID-19 cases who are in isolation in the catchment.

"However, we urge everyone in these areas to be especially vigilant for any cold-like symptoms. If they appear please immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received."

A Public Health Alert was issued on June 23 after COVID-19 fragments were first detected at Cronulla.

The Cronulla catchment serves about 233,000 people.

It covers suburbs including Yarrawarrah, Grays Point, Kirrawee, Woronora Heights, Barden Ridge, Gymea Bay, Sutherland, Loftus, Bangor, Yowie Bay, Woronora, Engadine, Heathcote, Taren Point, Sylvania Waters, Caringbah, Kangaroo Point, Como, Bonnet Bay, Jannali, Oyster Bay, Kareela, Gymea, Alfords Point, Lucas Heights, Menai, Illawong, Miranda, Sylvania, Bundeena, Caringbah South, Burraneer, Dolans Bay, Lilli Pilli, Maianbar, Port Hacking, Greenhills Beach, Woolooware, Cronulla, Kurnell, Royal National Park, Clifton, Coalcliff, Stanwell Park, Otford, Waterfall, Lilyvale, Helensburgh, Woronora Dam, Stanwell Tops and Holsworthy.

NSW Health is continuing to urge Sydneysiders to get a COVID-19 test if they have any symptoms at all, or think they may have been to any of the growing list of exposure sites.

But if you visited the NSW Health-run COVID-19 testing clinic at Caringbah this morning, you would have been forgiven for thinking the pandemic was over.

When Leader photographer Chris Lane walked by shortly before 9.30am this morning, there was not a soul in the queue.

This is despite appeals from NSW Health this week for people in Sutherland Shire to keep a lookout for any symptoms and get tested if any occur after the detection of virus fragments in sewage.

NSW Health said there were 47,603 tests conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 48,402.

"NSW Health thanks the community for coming forward to get tested for COVID-19," it said.

"High testing numbers are vital in detecting cases of COVID-19 in order to prevent further transmission."