Victoria's Health Department has detected viral COVID-19 fragments in Benalla wastewater for a second time in two weeks.
Anyone in Benalla at the time of the repeat detections - between April 10 and 15, and April 20 and 26 - who are experiencing any symptoms should be tested.
The Health Department said it was most likely the detections were due to a person continuing to shed the virus after the infection period, but could be from a person in an early active infectious phase.
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"The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system to support our ongoing efforts in continuing to protect the COVIDSafe environment we have achieved and therefore a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found," they said in a statement.
"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."
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.
The Department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
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