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Wastewater surveillance program results

Queensland Health has partnered with researchers from the University of Queensland and the CSIRO to deliver a wastewater surveillance program for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The results from this program will add to the information obtained through clinical testing and enhance Queensland Health’s already comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Map of recent wastewater testing results

The wastewater test results map does not support Internet Explorer. Please see the complete four week data in the table below, or view this page in an alternative browser.

Wastewater test results for the past four weeks

Week beginning
Location21 Dec28 Dec4 Jan11 Jan
Port DouglasNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
Marlin CoastNo samples takenNo samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Cairns NorthDetected
  • 23 December 2020 - Positive
Detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
  • 13 January 2021 - Positive
Cairns SouthNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Mount St JohnNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
Cleveland BayNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Positive
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
CondonNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Rockhampton NorthNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 11 January 2021 - Negative
CannonvaleNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenNot detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 7 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Positive
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Mackay SouthNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
BundabergDetected
  • 22 December 2020 - Positive
Detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
PulgulNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Positive
Not yet tested
MaryboroughDetected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
  • 22 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 28 December 2020 - Negative
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 4 January 2021 - Positive
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
NoosaNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
NambourDetected
  • 22 December 2020 - Positive
No samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
MaroochydoreNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
KawanaNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
Caboolture SouthNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenNot detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
RedcliffeDetected
  • 22 December 2020 - Positive
No samples takenDetected
  • 5 January 2021 - Positive
Not yet tested
SandgateNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 7 January 2021 - Negative
  • 8 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
Luggage PointNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 4 January 2021 - Negative
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Positive
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
WynnumDetected
  • 22 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 28 December 2020 - Negative
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 4 January 2021 - Negative
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
  • 12 January 2021 - Positive
WacolNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
  • 31 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 7 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
FairfieldDetected
  • 23 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 31 December 2020 - Negative
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 7 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
  • 14 January 2021 - Negative
Gibson IslandNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
No samples takenDetected
  • 4 January 2021 - Positive
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Negative
  • 13 January 2021 - Positive
ThornesideNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 8 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
CapalabaNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 8 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Positive
ClevelandNot detected
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 8 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Victoria PointDetected
  • 23 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 8 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Oxley CreekDetected
  • 23 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 7 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
GoodnaDetected
  • 23 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
  • 7 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
LoganholmeNo samples takenDetected
  • 29 December 2020 - Positive
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 12 January 2021 - Positive
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
Carole ParkNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
  • 31 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 8 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
BundambaNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 28 December 2020 - Positive
  • 29 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Negative
  • 14 January 2021 - Negative
PimpamaNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 13 January 2021 - Positive
  • 11 January 2021 - Positive
CoombabahNot detected
  • 24 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 4 January 2021 - Negative
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 11 January 2021 - Negative
  • 13 January 2021 - Positive
MerrimacDetected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
  • 24 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Negative
Not detected
  • 4 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Detected
  • 11 January 2021 - Positive
ElanoraNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
  • 23 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 4 January 2021 - Negative
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Not detected
  • 11 January 2021 - Negative
WarwickNot detected
  • 22 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 30 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 6 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
StanthorpeNot detected
  • 21 December 2020 - Negative
Detected
  • 29 December 2020 - Positive
Not detected
  • 5 January 2021 - Negative
Not yet tested
Test results for previous four weeks. Last updated: 19 January 2021

The detection at Bundaberg on the week starting 21 December 2020 applies to Bargara as well.

What does a detection of SARS-CoV-2 mean?

The test detects SARS-CoV-2 genetic material. Detections may be related to a recovered case who is still shedding but is no longer infectious, or may indicate that there is an infectious person living or visiting the area who has not yet been identified.

What will Queensland Health do if SARS-CoV-2 is detected?

A detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater will be considered carefully alongside other information available to Queensland Health, such as recent known cases of COVID-19 in that area. Typically, an expert panel will be convened by the public health unit to evaluate the circumstances surrounding each detection of SARS-CoV-2 and advise on further measures if necessary.

What should I do if SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in wastewater in my area?

Any detections highlight the importance of getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Find information about symptoms of COVID-19 and the locations of fever clinics across Queensland. Stay home and isolate until you get the results and your symptoms resolve.

In addition, please follow the advice that applies in all instances:

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitiser after physical contact with other people or commonly touched surfaces.
  • Sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin and wash or sanitise your hands.
  • Comply with current public health directions.

What does it mean when the map or the table shows "no samples taken"?

The wastewater surveillance program is currently transitioning from a pilot program to routine monitoring at more sites. Sites added recently won’t have historical results. In rare instances, there can be issues with taking and transporting samples to the laboratory for analysis.

Why isn't my community included in the wastewater surveillance program?

Locations for sample collection have been chosen to represent larger population centres, popular holiday towns and some communities close to the border with NSW. New locations for collection of wastewater samples are being added in the lead up to the holiday season, so please check back to see if your community has been added to the program.

Where can I view historical results?

Queensland’s wastewater surveillance program commenced in late July 2020. Though this page shows only the most recent results, all results will be made available on the Open Data Portal in the near future.

Which wastewater treatment plant services my suburb?

If you are unsure which wastewater treatment plant services your suburb, you can view suburbs either wholly or partially serviced by the wastewater treatment plants included in this program.

Is wastewater surveillance practised in other areas?

Wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 is being or has been practised in other states in Australia, as well as in Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the United States and other countries.