Drive-through COVID-19 testing

28th Apr 2020

A new drive-through COVID-19 testing service is now operating at Armidale Hospital, as health authorities increase the level of local testing. Armidale had been identified for its low testing rates and a specialised COVID-19 clinic is now operating.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said that this testing blitz, which will take place from Monday to Friday, will help health authorities ensure a more accurate picture of COVID-19 occurrences across our area.
“The eligibility criteria for testing has been significantly eased, allowing anyone who has flu or cold like symptoms including a fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath to be tested.
“I strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get tested and those wishing to, to contact their GP or the drive through COVID-19 clinic at Armidale Hospital.”
The Armidale clinic is operating from 10am to 2pm, Monday, 27 April, until Friday, 1 May. People should book an appointment by calling the clinic between 9am and 4.30pm on testing days.
Mr Marshall confirmed there had been no change in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Northern Tablelands, with the total remaining at four.
“Following the discovery of two COVID-19 cases in the Armidale office of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS), the remaining 19 staff in that facility were tested, with all returning negative results.
“That means the tally for the Northern Tablelands electorate stands at two in Armidale, one in Inverell and another from Moree, with the Moree person in Tamworth Hospital since testing positive.
“Pleasingly, we’re now up to six locals who have been declared recovered from COVID-19 and that number will only climb next week.”