VIRAL COVID-19 fragments have been detected in a sample of wastewater taken from the inlet to the Lakes Entrance wastewater treatment plant on December 29.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging anyone in the Lakes Entrance area with any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested and stay home until they receive their result.

Bairnsdale Regional Health Services drive-through testing site is open from 9am to 5pm on New Year’s Day and over the weekend.

There will be an increase in wastewater samples taken from Lakes Entrance following the unexpected result.

Wastewater monitoring is continuing at more than 60 locations across Victoria. Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found here.

A full list of all Victorian testing sites, including operating hours, can be found here.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.