Shoalhaven News

Milton covid clinic set up after traces found in sewage

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Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in a sewage treatment plant at Ulladulla for the first time.

There have been no recent locally acquired cases or returned travellers who tested positive from this area.

This could mean there are undetected cases of COVID in the community or someone with the virus visited the area, so we are asking everyone in that area to be especially vigilant in monitoring for symptoms, and if they appear get tested and isolate immediately.

A new pop-up clinic will be established at Milton Showground in Croobyar Road today from 3pm. The clinic will then operate from 8am to 6pm until Monday.

Dr Kerry Chant says the positive sewage test does not necessarily mean there is an active infection within the Shoalhaven as there is lag with the detection.

Member for South Coast Shelley hanockc says residents and visitors should be cautious and at all times follow the health advice.

“I also have a message for visitors to the South Coast - You are welcome here unless the health advice restricts your movements, however you must respect our community and follow the latest health advice," she said.

“I also encourage all visitors from Greater Sydney to wear face masks at all times. It is essential we continue to keep our South Coast communities safe."

The Ulladulla Covid Clinic in the South Street car park will be open over the weekend and testing is also available at Milton-Ulladulla Hospital.