NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the PORT MACQUARIE treatment plant.
Samples were taken on 8 September 2021.
The Port Macquarie sewage treatment plant serves around 54,000 residents of Port Macquarie, Sovereign Hills, Thrumster, Sancrox, North Shore and Settlement Point.
No recent cases have been identified in these locations, so everyone is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
Mid North Coast Local Health District chief executive Stewart Dowrick said the positive case detected on a train at Kempsey on Thursday (September 9) is no cause for alarm.
The woman who has tested positive, her three children, 17 passengers and six crew on board at the time were taken to a local quarantine facility, where they remain in isolation and under the care of NSW Health.
This is not a local COVID-19 case and there has been no local transmission within our community, Mr Dowrick confirmed.
On Sunday, September 5, the highway service centre at Kempsey became a 'venue of concern' after a confirmed case of COVID-19 transited through the region.
A full list of COVID-19 testing clinic locations and opening hours are listed on the NSW Government website at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics
Of the 1,599 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 490 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD):
Sadly, eight people have died in the reporting period.
None of the deceased were vaccinated and they all had underlying health conditions.
Three were aged in their 80s, two in their 70s and one each aged in the 50s, 40s and 30s.
NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there were more than 1100 people hospitalised because of the virus with 221 people in intensive care and 94 requiring ventilation.
There were more than 114,000 tests conducted in the reporting period.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the state had now administered eight million vaccinations, including 114,000 jabs yesterday.
More than 77 per cent of the state's over-16 population has now received their first dose. More than 44 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Of the 10 cases in the Hunter New England Local Health District, five were from Lake Macquarie, four from Newcastle and one from Port Stephens.
Six cases were infectious in the community. Seven were linked to known exposures or family clusters, while three remain under investigation.
The Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) has recorded its lowest number of cases in one reporting period in almost a month.
Sixteen new cases were recorded up to 8pm on Friday night.
Of those cases, 12 were in Dubbo and four were in Bathurst.
Those numbers take the total number for the Western NSW LHD to 952 cases.
While there was a drop for Western, the numbers spiked in the Far West.
The Far West recorded 13 new cases in the reporting period, with 10 in Broken Hill and three in Wilcannia.
NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in a number of locations around the state Including:
"We've not identified recent cases in these locations so again, urging anyone in these locations to be particularly aware of COVID symptoms and come forward for testing at the slightest of symptoms," deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty said.
Saturday's COVID-19 press conference was the second last before they are discontinued.
After revealing 1542 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the premier announced the daily updates would no longer be held beyond Sunday.
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