Weilmoringle is the second northern sector location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service. The mobile service will be available at the local Aboriginal Lands Council on Wednesday 17 June from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the District. The mobile testing clinic has visited more than five locations in the southern sector of the District and one in the northern sector," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.
“So far everyone tested via this service has come back negative, which is great. But we need to keep testing people, even if they only have mild symptoms, 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 our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. We tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington, Goodooga and now Weilmoringle, to provide an additional opportunity for testing.
“The testing service will be set up at the Aboriginal Lands Council, 1 Brown Street, Weilmoringle.
“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.
“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 disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.
Forty five people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease, with one cases currently active, that is in isolation in a hotel in Sydney.