05 November 2020

NSW Health is calling on people in South Western Sydney to get tested if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms after the state’s sewage surveillance program detected traces of the virus at a sewage pumping station in the area.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in samples taken on 4 November from the sewerage system that drains parts of Leppington, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville and Denham Court.

Symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or loss of taste or smell can all signal COVID-19.

After testing, you must remain isolated until a negative result is received.

Nearby clinics include:

  • Prestons Drive-through Clinic, Ash Road, Ash Road Sporting Complex, 8am-6pm
  • Oran Park Pop-up Clinic, Julia Reserve Community Centre, Peter Brock Drive, 8am-6.30pm
  • Leppington Clinical Labs Pathology Drive-through, Emerald Hills Shopping Village, Emerald Hills Boulevard, 9am-4pm
  • Gledswood Hills Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Drive-through Clinic, 7 Gregory Hills Drive. Bookings required on 1800 026 622 or 9111 3405
  • Ingleburn Laverty Pathology, 47a Oxford Rd, 8am-5pm

For other nearby clinics, visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. Sewage testing for molecular markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes

COVID-19, started in July, adding another tool in the fight against the global pandemic.

There is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted via wastewater systems.