COVID-19 has again been detected in Dubbo's sewage, prompting urgent calls for residents to get tested.
It's the second time COVID-19 fragments have been detected in the Dubbo sewage since August 3.
Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan, said a detection in sewage means that someone who has, or who has recently had, COVID-19 has been in the community. This means that COVID-19 has been in Dubbo.
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"When there are consecutive detections it means it's more likely that person has been in the community for a longer period of time. The longer they have been in a community, the more likely it is they have come into contact with a larger number of people. This means the risk of transmission in Dubbo is greater," he said.
"We need people to come forward for testing now, and to be retested again in coming days if they remain concerned because sometimes it takes several days for COVID-19 to show up in the tests we do on people.
"Widespread testing is the best measure we have to know if COVID-19 has spread further into the community.
"If you have any concerns, if you have even the mildest cold-like symptoms we are asking you to isolate, get tested and stay isolated until you get your results."
Drive through testing is currently available at the Dubbo Showground from 8am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
From Monday, testing will also be available at a walk-in service at the old Specialist Medical Centre at Manera Plaza, 77 Myall Street. From Monday, testing will not be available at the Dubbo Hospital.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- dry cough
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- loss of taste or smell
- a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- chest pain or pressure
- loss of speech or movement
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