Singleton joins NSW COVID-19 Sewage Surveillance Program with testing to begin Monday


Sewage testing for COVID-19 will commence in Singleton from Monday under the NSW COVID-19 Sewage Surveillance Program.

Singleton Council is working with NSW Health as part of the program to collect sewage samples from the Singleton system that will then be tested for fragments of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that will help to support NSW Health’s response to the current pandemic.  

Results will be notified by NSW Health.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said involvement in the NSW Sewage Surveillance Program was a role Council could play to help support the safety of the community.

“We are fortunate that at this stage Singleton has not recorded any cases of COVID-19, but this latest outbreak of the virus is very contagious, is spreading rapidly and does not identify with local government borders.

“I congratulate everyone in our community for the actions they are taking to follow the public health orders to stay at home, only go out for essential reasons, wear a mask and check in and out of venues to keep each other safe.

“Council is also taking action to review the delivery of its services to protect staff and the community, as well as ensure the continuation of essential services.

“Being part of the NSW COVID-19 Sewage Surveillance Program is another way we can support the work of NSW Health in responding to the pandemic.

“I also repeat NSW Health advice that if you have any symptoms at all, please get tested and isolate until you have received a negative result.”