SOUTH Coast MP Shelley Hancock has requested NSW Health establish a drive-through testing clinic at Culburra Beach after a positive sewage detection in the region.
Mrs Hancock has used her Twitter feed to call for the new test location, after NSW Health said its ongoing sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus at the Culburra Beach sewage treatment plant.
The news comes as another Shoalhaven COVID-19 was confirmed at Thursday morning's press conference, taking to 15 the number of local cases.
While no recent cases have been detected in this location, NSW Health has urged everyone to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
The Culburra Beach treatment plant was first commissioned in 1982 and upgraded in 2002. The plant provides tertiary treatment of effluent for up to 11,000 equivalent persons and the reclaimed water is piped into the REMS distribution system.
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If you are directed to get tested for COVID 19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.
It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately.
As more local COVID cases have been reported extra testing sites have also been established at Huskisson and Sussex Inlet.
Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to immediately get tested. Even people with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should arrange testing as quickly as possible.
Local testing sites are located at -
Bomaderry Histopath Drive-Through Clinic
Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark, 90 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry. Open 8am to 5pm, seven days.
Huskisson Southern IML Drive-Through Clinic
Huskisson Scout Hall Carpark, Kioloa Street, Huskisson. Open 8am to 5pm, seven days.
Sussex Inlet Histopath - Drive-Through Clinic
Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre, 21 Thomson Street, Sussex Inlet. Open 8am to 4pm, seven days.
Other local testing locations include -
Shoalhaven District Hospital
2 Scenic Drive, in the Hospital in the Home (HITH) area. Phone: 1300 002 108. No appointment, no doctor referral required. Open 8:30am-12:30pm and 1.15pm - 4.30pm - seven days.
Nowra Southern IML Pathology Drive-Through Clinic
57 Junction Street, Nowra. No appointment, no doctor referral required. Open 9am-5pm - Monday to Friday.
North Nowra Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic
Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, West Cambewarra Road (enter via Illaroo Road), No appointment, no doctor referral required, Open 8am-5pm - seven days.
Nowra Showground Laverty Pop up Drive-Through Clinic
West Street, Nowra. No appointment, no doctor referral required. Open 8am-2pm - Monday to Friday; 8am-12noon Saturday and Sunday.
Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic
114 Princes Highway, Ulladulla. Phone 4455 5422.
NSW Health says fragments of the virus were also detected at the Tamworth and Lightning Ridge sewage treatment plants in western NSW, Glen Innes sewage treatment plant in the New England region, and Moruya sewage treatment plants in southern NSW.
NSW recorded 1,405 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including one new case in the Shoalhaven.
Two new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and 23 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation.
The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 38,919. Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of five people who had COVID-19.
There have been 153 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16 2021, and 209 in total since the start of the pandemic.
There have been 33,296 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
There are currently 1,175 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 202 people in intensive care, 80 of whom require ventilation.
There were 156,481 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm Wednesday night, compared with the previous day's total of 130,341.
NSW Health administered 27,871 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday, including 7,962 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 7,793,418 with 2,917,049 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 4,876,369 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 September 2021.
Of the 1,405 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 450 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 394 are from Western Sydney LHD, 211 are from Sydney LHD, 118 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 74 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 34 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 24 are from Western NSW LHD, 22 are from Central Coast LHD, 23 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 12 are from Hunter New England LHD, four are from Far West LHD, three are from Southern NSW LHD, nine are in correctional settings and 27 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.
Please check the NSW Government website regularly, and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.
There are close to 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../how-to-protect.../clinics or contact your GP..
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