The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) drive-through COVID-19 testing will be revisiting Canowindra on Thursday 13th August from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Canowindra. WNSWLHD has tested more than 13,480 peopled over the past four weeks,” said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.
“We need to keep testing people, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.”
COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and hospitals. However the plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. The testing service will be set up at Morris Park, Rodd Street, Canowindra. The service is free of charge, and you don’t need a referral or appointment to attend.
“It’s a drive through service so you won’t have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose,” said Ms Stanley.
The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.
“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results,” said Ms Stanley.
COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the dis- ease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or ‘scratchy’ throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches. Right now, the message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.