COVID-19 testing clinic opened in Wagga, more to follow

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) announced on Wednesday that it has established Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Clinics in Griffith and Wagga Wagga with more clinics to be opened across the District over the coming weeks.

Members of the public who believe they have may have contracted the COVID-19 virus (ie: who are returned travellers, or who have come in contact with a confirmed case and are showing symptoms: fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath) are advised in the first instance to:

• Call HealthDirect 1800 022 222, where a nurse will triage them over the phone and advise as needed, or

• Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline 1800 831 099, where patients will be triaged and if testing is warranted, will be booked into an appointment based on location

• Contact your GP to arrange an appointment and let them know in advance if you have symptoms

People contacting the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline will be triaged, and if testing is warranted, booked into an appointment for testing.

The numbers of people meeting the COVID-19 screening requirements in the Murrumbidgee region remains small, and there have not been any positive results for the virus returned amongst people who have been tested in the MLHD so far.

Samples for testing can also be taken directly by GPs or by some private pathology services. People with mild to moderate symptoms can be managed at home with the support of their GP and virtual health services.

Patients who are more unwell with severe symptoms will be referred to local hospitals. The health service said hospitals across the District are well prepared to care for patients who have contracted the virus. Hospital staff are supported by teams of infection control personnel, and isolation areas have been identified at each hospital location.

MLHD cautions people who have cold and flu like symptoms to avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals.