Health Minister Martin Foley said sewage testing results helped contact tracers respond pre-emptively to outbreaks – anticipating where the next cluster might occur.
“We need people to help us to use the wastewater detection which is the early warning signal to make sure we stay ahead of the virus outbreaks,” he said.
He drew attention to suburbs in Melbourne’s south where positive wastewater results have been found from August 23 to August 26.
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Suburbs linked to positive COVID-19 sewage results
Aspendale
Aspendale Gardens
Bonbeach Beach
Carrum
Chelsea
Chelsea heights
Mordialloc
Edithvale
Patterson lakes
Seaford
“If you have been in those suburbs and have displayed even the slightest symptoms of COVID-19, you need to come forward and get tested,” Mr Foley said.
“There are plenty of testing centres right around the state and in those communities and the turnaround time is very quick.”
Victorian outbreak ‘an outbreak of young people’
The Health Minister said testing in Shepparton and nearby areas had doubled off the back of positive wastewater detection announcements.
“That allowed us to mobilise the public health response as quickly as we possibly could,” he said.
“In recent days there has been a lot of focus on emergent cases in the west and north of Melbourne, but it is not limited to the west and north of Melbourne.
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“We are seeing cases in the east and south-east, including in the local government areas of Manningham, Meroonda and Monash.”
Victoria reported 64 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday including 15 mystery cases bringing the state’s total to 701.
Of the new active cases 49 have been linked to the known outbreak and 36 were in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period.

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