Several Melbourne suburbs have been put on alert after fragments of COVID were found in wastewater.
The fragments were collected on April 8 and a “weak detection” was later confirmed following testing.
The sample came from a catchment that includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Bayswater North, Boronia, Croydon, Croydon North, Croydon South, Heathmont, Kilsyth, Kilsyth South, Montrose, Ringwood, Ringwood East, Sassafras, The Basin, Tremont and Wantirna.
Anyone who has been in these suburbs from April 6 to 9 and has any COVID symptoms is urged to get tested.
“Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the infectious period,” a statement from the department of health said.
Victoria has recorded no new local cases of COVID in 46 days.
There are only currently three active cases in the state.
Wastewater samples are collected and tested for virus fragments from 140 locations across Victoria every week.