Virus fragments in Bateau treatment works

cover-19 testingCoronavirus testing. Image: State Public Health Lab . Natalie Kolb

Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been detected at the Bateau Bay Sewage Treatment Plant according to a media statement released by the Central Coast Local Health District late on the afternoon of Friday, July 10.

The plant covers Bateau Bay, The Entrance, The Entrance North, Long Jetty, Killarney Vale, Shelly Beach, Toowoon Bay and Blue Bay.

The sewage detection corresponds with known cases in the area according to Central Coast Health.

“One case it linked to Great Ocean Foods in Marrickville and the second case is a household contact of the first case,” a LHD spokesperson said.

“Both cases were in self-isolation during their infectious period and there is no identified risk to the community.

“However, the community is reminded to remain vigilant for any symptoms of COVID-19 no matter how mild, and get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.”

Stay-at-home orders remain in place for the Central Coast which has been included in Greater Sydney during the current lockdown period.

From 5pm Friday, July 9 the following additional restrictions are in place:

• Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);

• People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and  outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members; 

• Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave home for


• From Sunday, July 11 funerals limited to ten people in total; 

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place: 

• Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);

• Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil  carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);

• Exercise with no more than two people (unless members of the same household);

• Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home. 

Generally, visiting another person is not a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

With some exceptions you must not allow a person to visit your home. 

People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) on or after Monday, June 21 must follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after leaving Greater Sydney. 

Media release, Jul 10, 2021. Central Coast Local Health District