In response to strong and unexpected COVID-19 fragment wastewater detections reported yesterday in Melbourne’s western and north-western suburbs, people in those areas are being contacted and are being asked to be tested as a precaution.

COVID-19 fragments have now been detected in four additional catchments in Melbourne’s western, northern, north-western, and outer eastern suburbs, and there have been repeat detections in Benalla.

These are in addition to viral fragment detections reported over recent days in other catchments the eastern, western, north-western and outer northern suburbs.

It is most likely that these new detections are due to a person or persons continuing to shed the virus after the infection period however, it could also be due to a person living in or travelling through the area in the early active infectious phase.

People who live in or have visited these areas who have developed COVID symptoms are strongly encouraged to get tested and help keep Victoria communities COVID free.

New detections:

North-western suburbs 20–27 April 2021

Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale

Benalla 10– 15 April and 20-26 April 2021 (repeat detections)


Western suburbs 20 – 27 April 2021

Altona, Altona North, Brooklyn, Newport, South Kingsville, Williamstown, Williamstown North

Northern suburbs 20 – 27 April 2021

Briar Hill, Bundoora, Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Lower Plenty, Macleod, Mill Park, Montmorency, Plenty, South Morang, St Helena, Viewbank, Watsonia, Watsonia North, Yallambie, Yarrambat

Outer eastern suburbs 20 – 26 April 2021

Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Kalorama, Lilydale, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Olinda, Yarra Glen, Yering

Active detections reported recently:

Western suburbs catchment 18-26 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Albanvale, Burnside, Burnside Heights, Cairnlea, Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Delahey, Hillside (Melton), Keilor Downs, Kings Park, Plumpton, Ravenhall, Sydenham, Taylors Hill or Taylors Lakes.

North-western suburbs catchment 18-26 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Avondale Heights, Calder Park, Hillside (Melton), Kealba, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor East, Keilor Lodge, Keilor North, Keilor Park, Sydenham or Taylors Lakes.

Eastern suburbs catchment 20–24 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Balwyn, Balwyn North, Blackburn, Blackburn North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Mitcham, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North, Nunawading or Templestowe Lower.

Outer northern suburbs catchment 17–22 April 2021

Persons visiting or residing in Epping, South Morang or Wollert.

For more updates visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

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