Three locations in Queensland are on alert after fragments of COVID were detected in sewage as part of the state’s virus surveillance.
The fragments were detected in samples collected from treatment plants in Merrimac, on the Gold Coast, Cairns North and Cannonvale, in the Airlie Beach area, last week.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the detections are being treated seriously.
“While this does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, we are treating these detections seriously,” Dr Young said in a statement on Tuesday.
“A positive sewage result means that someone who has been infected was shedding the virus.
“Infected people can shed viral fragments and that shedding can happen for several…