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Thousands of Sydney residents told to get tested

Almost 20,000 residents living in Sydney’s northwest have been urged to get tested after fragments of COVID-19 were found in sewage across two locations. Health authorities sent out an alert on Wednesday night explaining virus fragments had been detected at two sewage pumping stations in Western Sydney, which serve several suburbs,“The area served by one…

Almost 20,000 residents living in Sydney’s northwest have been urged to get tested after fragments of COVID-19 were found in sewage across two locations.

Health authorities sent out an alert on Wednesday night explaining virus fragments had been detected at two sewage pumping stations in Western Sydney, which serve several suburbs,

“The area served by one of the pumping stations includes a population of around 5,860 residents of North Kellyville and Rouse Hill,” NSW Health said in the statement.

“The second pumping station serves a population of around 12,650 people across the suburbs of Rouse Hill, Box Hill, The Ponds, Kellyville Ridge, Parklea, Quakers Hill and Acacia Gardens.”

The fragments were detected through the state’s ongoing sewage surveillance program.

While findings could reflect older cases of the virus, NSW Health said it is “concerned” there could be other active cases out there in the community and residents could “incorrectly assume” their symptoms indicate a common cold.

A new pop-up clinic has been established in The Fiddler car park, on the corner of Windsor and Commercial Roads in Rouse Hill, in preparation for a testing blitz.

NSW has recorded four straight days of zero local cases.

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