Drive-through COVID19 testing coming to Eugowra

Kendal Ball, Cathie Hallahan and Susan Turcato at the mobile COVID-19 testing in Forbes.
Kendal Ball, Cathie Hallahan and Susan Turcato at the mobile COVID-19 testing in Forbes.

The Western NSW Local Health District drive-through COVID-19 testing service will be visiting Eugowra next week.

The mobile service will be set up at Myall Street Park, entry via Broad Street, Eugowra on Thursday 6 August 2020 from 10am to 2pm.

The health district's director of public health, Priscilla Stanley, says there are no known cases of the pandemic virus in Eugowra.

"The WNSWLHD has tested more than 11,916 people tested in the District over the past four weeks," she said.

"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 our hospitals.

"Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities."

The service is free, you do not need a referral or an appointment.

"It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car," Ms Stanley said.

"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-isolated until they get their results.

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 six people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease.

"The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing," Ms Stanley said.

"While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

"Right now, our message is very simple - if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested."