With the McDonald Jones Stadium ‘mega clinic’ due to wrap up this Sunday, Hunter New England Health is urging anyone with a fever or recent onset respiratory symptoms to come forward for testing, to capture any cases lingering in the community.
With completed swabs expected to hit 5000 by the end of the day, Public Health Physician, Dr David Durrheim congratulated the people of Newcastle for their testing efforts.
“This is an amazing achievement and shows how dedicated we are to ensuring our city remains safe from COVID-19.
“Pleasingly, we have had no positive cases so far but results are still being processed and there is still work to do to ensure we are testing those most likely to have the virus.
“We are urging anyone with symptoms, including sore throat, fever, cough or shortness of breath to book a test before the clinic packs up on Sunday.
“Reaching those with symptoms is critical to ensuring we capture cases in the community,” he said
Those wishing to be tested can contact the drive-through clinic on 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment, prior to attending. The clinic operates daily from 8am to 4.30pm until Sunday 17 May 2020.
NSW has one of the highest testing rates in the world, with capacity to test over 8000 people a day.
With the large number of people being tested it can take up to 72 hours to receive results, so we urge people to be patient while they wait.