Detection of COVID-19 in Uralla’s sewage system

Published on 17 September 2021


Uralla Shire Council has received confirmation today from NSW Health of detection of SARS-CoV-2 fragments in Uralla’s sewage system. This is the first time that virus fragments have been detected in the town’s system, which services approximately 2,700 people. 

As a precaution, NSW Health has also requested a second sample, and may direct further sampling.

No positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified.

“It’s a timely reminder that we cannot afford to be complacent while COVID-19 remains a risk in our community,” said Mayor Michael Pearce. 

“We need to ensure that we all follow the measures NSW Health has put in place, regarding face masks, social distancing, sanitising, and checking in wherever we go.” 

NSW Health has requested that even those with the mildest of symptoms come forward to have a COVID-19 test. 

“And please, please, if you haven’t yet booked in for your COVID vaccination – make a point to do it today. The Uralla Shire Community has shown great initiative in arranging their vaccinations, with  73.9% of residents aged 15 and over having had their first dose of a COVID vaccine and 45.5% having had their second dose,” said Mayor Pearce.   

“Our local medical and pharmacy staff are working overtime to get jabs in arms. Please go come forward and get yours,” said Mayor Pearce. 

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