Fragments of the virus that causes Covid-19 have been found in the Marrickville sewerage network. With no active cases yet detected in the inner-west area, NSW Health is urging residents to be “vigilant in monitoring for symptoms” following diagnoses of a couple from Sydney’s east. If they do have any coronavirus symptoms (the most common being fever, a dry cough and tiredness), residents are urged to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The catchment takes sewage from around 42,000 people in Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Summer Hill, Lewisham, Ashfield, Haberfield, Petersham, Lilyfield and Leichhardt.
A new pop-up testing clinic has been installed at Albion Street Centre’s Laverty Pathology, at the Crown Street entrance. It’ll be open from 8am to 8pm from Monday to Friday, with weekend hours to be announced soon. NSW Health has also extended the opening hours of existing clinics, including drive-throughs. You can find a full list of testing locations here.
The news comes as restrictions are announced for Greater Sydney once again, coming into effect from 5pm today until 12.01am Monday May 10. They include compulsory mask wearing on public transport and in indoor public spaces, and a cap of 20 visitors per household. Find out more about what you can and can’t do here.
Stay up to date with current restrictions at nsw.gov.au.