Hunter New England Health is calling on New England residents to increase testing rates during a COVID-19 testing blitz, starting Monday 18 May.
Testing clinics are already operating at Inverell and Glen Innes hospitals, and a clinic will be open at Gunnedah Hospital from Monday to increase testing numbers across these communities.
Public Health Physician Dr David Durrheim said although case numbers are stabilising and restrictions are lifting, the testing blitz will assist efforts to capture any COVID-19 cases still circulating in the community.
“We don’t expect to find big numbers of cases – or indeed many at all – but testing is the only way we will know for sure.
“Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to get tested.
“Even those with mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose are encouraged to arrange testing.
Those wishing to be tested should contact their nearest clinic directly to arrange an appointment, prior to attending.
The Gunnedah clinic will operate 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday starting Monday 18 May. People should call (02) 6741 8000 (between 8am and 4pm on testing days) to register before attending the clinic. The clinic will operate in the education building on Gunnedah Hospital campus and is accessible via the Marquis Street driveway.
The Glen Innes clinic is operating 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday. People should call 0438 925 949 (between 8.30am and 4pm on testing days) to register before attending the clinic.
The Inverell clinic is operating 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday. People should call 6721 9520 (between 8.30am and 4pm on testing days) to register before attending the clinic.