Illawarra Newsroom

Albion Park drive through COVID-19 testing facility opens today

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has set up a temporary COVID-19 testing clinic at the Albion Park Showground following an increase in local demand for testing.

The drive through facility will be open from 8am today but won't be operational across the weekend.

Brad Scotcher from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said the clinic will operate between 8am and 4pm today and from Monday to Friday next week before being reviewed.

"The aim is to provide fast and convenient testing options to our local residents who may require this service.

"Plans for the clinic, including traffic flow considerations, have also been developed in a way that is intended to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.

"As cases in NSW resulting from community transmission continue to be reported, we are calling on the community to redouble its efforts to stop the virus spreading.

"This additional clinic will help make it as easy as possible for people to be tested locally," he said.

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Scotcher is also encouraging those who get tested to opt for SMS results.

"The results generally take between three to four days, sometimes they come back a bit sooner than that.

"On average we would say three to four days would be the expectation," he said.

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NSW Health is also reminding people that it is critical that anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – seeks testing and self-isolates until they get the result.

Stay at home and do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19.

People who work in high-risk settings such as healthcare facilities or aged care homes must not attend work if they have symptoms and must get tested immediately.

People should also not visit relatives in these settings if they have even the mildest of symptoms or have recently returned from Victoria or attended any of the affected venues reported on the NSW Government website.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow and regularly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds each time.

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