Two people in Melbourne’s north have been identified as “likely positive cases” of Covid sparking fears the virus may have spread following an outbreak scare two weeks ago.
The Department of Health confirmed in a statement this morning a full investigation was underway into the test results.
Traces of COVID-19 was picked up in wastewater in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, in the Epping and Wollert areas, last Thursday night.
“These types of traces of coronavirus in wastewater are getting detected regularly – with more people leaving hotel quarantine – cleared of the virus but still shedding, and moving around our community,” Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said in a statement.
“While the detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus, it is also possible that it is due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.
“This detection is of note because there are public exposure sites in the area relating to the Wollert case, who has been isolating in a health hotel outside the catchment.”
Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, and loss or change in their sense of smell or test, has been urged to get tested.
There is also a push for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible if they are eligible, with wait times steadily increasing across the city’s north since the new likely positive cases were announced.
People can book an appointment at vaccination centres by calling 1800 675 398.
The possible fresh cases follow a coronavirus scare earlier this month, where a man who was COVID-positive travelled around Melbourne’s north whilst potentially infectious.
He visited Woolworths Epping North on May 8, along with a 7-Eleven on May 6 and 8, and another supermarket in the area.
There were also fears the man may have infected hundreds of commuters after two train trips were listed as exposure sites, one of which coincided with the end of an AFL match.
Commuters who travelled on the 10.20pm train service from Flinders Street to Craigieburn were also required to take a COVID-19 test.
Curry Vault Indian Restaurant & Bar in Melbourne’s CBD was also listed as an exposure site.