Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said authorities are “very concerned” about the detection as there are currently no known cases in the idyllic town, on the coast of northern New South Wales.
The state’s ongoing sewage surveillance program also detected COVID-19 at the plant in Trangie in the state’s west.
NSW Health have issued an urgent COVID-19 alert for Byron Bay after the virus was detected in the beachside tourist town’s sewage treatment plant. Picture: Getty Images
The sewage treatment plants in Trangie and Byron Bay serve about 1,200 about 9,000 people respectively.
A NSW Health statement read: “These detections are a concern as there are no known cases in these areas.
“Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro asked communities in Byron Bay and Trangie to “be alert” following the detection in the wastewater.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian told her daily COVID-19 press conference on Monday that western NSW “remains a concern” amid an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain.
Deputy Premier Barilaro repeats calls for regions to get the jab amid new COVID cases
Ms Berejiklian’s warning came as she announced a record-breaking 1,290 local coronavirus cases – up from the previous record of 1,218 set just one day earlier.
Of the 1,290 local cases on Monday, 51 were recorded in the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD).
Greater Sydney’s lockdown – which began on June 26 – has been extended until the end of September, while regional NSW will remain subject to stay-at-home orders until at least September 10.
The outbreak emerged on June 16 after a Bondi limo driver who transports international aircrew contracted the virus.

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