Media Release
20 November 2020

Coronavirus fragments have been detected in a wastewater sample collected from the Altona sewage catchment on Wednesday 18 November.  

Residents and visitors to Altona and surrounding suburbs from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 November are urged to get tested if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild.  

Suburbs in the wastewater catchment include Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes. 

The result is unexpected given that it has been about eight weeks since the last known resident in the area had a coronavirus (COVID-19) illness or diagnosis.  

Samples of untreated wastewater are analysed for fragments of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19) – at 50 wastewater treatment plants across Victoria.  

Local testing locations

Drive through testing facility
Wyndham City Council Civic Centre
Outdoor Carpark, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee 3030
Mon-Sun - 9am-5pm

Walk through testing centre
Werribee South Foreshore Reserve
Werribee South Foreshore Reserve, Beach Road (opposite Werribee Coast Guard, near corner O'Connors Road),
Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 November - 9am-4pm

Walk through testing centre
Tarneit Community and Learning Centre
150 Sunset Views Boulevard, Tarneit 3029
Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 November - 9am-4pm    

Drive through testing facility
IPC Health - Wootten Road Reserve
Wootten Road Reserve, 25-51 Wootten Road, Tarneit 3029
Sat-Sun - 10am-4pm 

For a full list of testing locations, visit the Where to get tested page.

More information on wastewater testing is on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Media enquiries

Department of Health & Human Services Media Unit (03) 9096 8860 or