People in the City of Melton who suspect they may have COVID19 are urged to get tested as soon as possible, after viral fragments were found in local wastewater.

Health and Human Services said a weak detection of viral fragments detected on February 22 had been confirmed by further lab testing.

Wastewater test results showing any fragments of COVID19 in the week up to February 26. Source: DHHS

The catchment includes Taylors Hill, Plumpton, Hillside, Sydenham, Caroline Springs, Burnside, Burnside Heights, Delahey, Kings Park, Albanvale and Deer Park – and the department said anyone with symptoms who had been in these areas between Saturday February 20 and Monday 22 February was urged to get tested.

“Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase,” a department spokesperson said.

“Or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the early infectious period.”

It comes as the Melton’s drive-through fever clinic revises its hours down to 830am-2pm weekdays and 9am-noon weekends and public holidays.

Melton Drive-Thru Fever Clinic New Updated Times: MONDAY – FRIDAY: 8.30am – 2.00pm WEEKENDS / PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: 9.00am -…

Posted by Djerriwarrh Health Services on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Another drive-through site is also available just outside the Melton Council area at 106 Station d Deer Park. There is no testing clinic within the Moorabool Shire boundaries.

DHHS is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation.

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** Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday (Friday).

The total number of cases linked to the Holiday Inn cluster remains at 24.

The state currently has 15 active cases, including four acquired overseas.

Three COVID19 patients are in hospital including one in intensive care.

The number of known cases since the pandemic began now stands at 20,481.

** Overnight (11.59pm Friday 26 February) the state returned the COVIDsafe settings that were in place for much of mid-January.

Victorians can host up to 30 people in their home per day and outdoor gatherings can increase to 100.

Meanwhile, public and private sector office workers can return to work at up to 75 percent a day.

Masks are only required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities – and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.

Density limits remain for pubs, restaurants and cafes, beauty services, retail business, gyms, funerals and wedding and nightclubs and community facilities, such as libraries, RSLs and community halls.

## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton.

In Ballarat, you can still get tested at UFS Lucas (bookings 4311 1571).

You can also use the Call-to-Test Service if you are unable to leave your home. Contact via the COVID19 hotline: 1800 675 398.

Until 28 July 2021, Worksafe must be notified on 13 23 60 when employers or self-employed people become aware of a confirmed diagnosis.

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

You can anonymously report people doing the wrong thing by calling 1800 675 398 (option 4) and police will follow up.

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14 (24 hours), via text on 0477 13 11 14 or via online chat:

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