It’s ‘game on’ for increased COVID-19 testing in Tamworth

Ahead of the Warriors vs Knights NRL match at Scully Park on 29 August, Hunter New England Health is calling on Tamworth locals to not attend the game if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and to immediately seek testing and self-isolate.

From Monday, a pop-up drive-through clinic will be available at Tamworth Hospital to support increased testing ahead of the big game.

Public Health Physician, Dr David Durrheim said while there have been no active cases in the New England region since June, it is important that anyone experiencing even the mildest of symptoms present for testing.

“We understand this is an exciting time for rugby league fans in Tamworth, however, the event serves as a timely reminder that in large and busy venues it is harder to maintain distancing, and the risk of transmitting the virus is higher.

“It is important people who are showing even the mildest of symptoms seek testing, and must not attend the game.

“This includes anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, or even mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a runny nose.

“If you are well and are attending the match, we remind you to maintain physical distancing, and consider wearing a face mask. Wearing a mask provides an additional barrier and helps to contain droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes; reducing the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading.

“It is vital that we keep our regional communities COVID-19 free, and we’re asking everyone to play their part,” he said.

The Tamworth Hospital pop-up clinic will be available in the Home and Community Care and Disability Building, on Ring Road. It will operate 10am to 4pm on weekdays and Sundays, and 10am to 7pm Saturdays, from Monday 24 August until Friday 4 September. Bookings are essential, and people should call 1800 881 568 to register before attending.

Clinics at Inverell, Glen Innes, and Armidale hospitals are also available for New England locals. For full clinic details, visit the NSW Health website.

Contact Phone:  02 4985 5522