More COVID-19 test sites open

Testing times: Coronavirus tests being conducted in the Bayside Shopping Centre carpark. Pictures: Gary Sissons

A MOBILE coronavirus testing site has opened at Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston.

The site is one of 10 new mobile sites that opened statewide last week. Fountain Gate in Narre Warren South and Chadstone Shopping Centre are also hosting COVID-19 test sites.

The testing sites are manned by doctors, nurses, and pathology collection staff. 

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said “this is about taking the testing to where people are out in the community.” 

“The more people we test the more we’ll know about the spread of the virus, which will help guide any decisions about potentially easing restrictions,” he said.

People who visit the sites will need to bring a Medicare card or at least one other form of identification. 

The state government hopes to test 100,000 people for COVID-19 in the next two weeks. Health minister Jenny Mikakos said “this massive testing blitz will give us the best information about how this virus is spreading in the community, and I encourage anyone with even the mildest of symptoms to help us out and go get themselves tested.”

“These new mobile testing sites are located at shopping centres around Melbourne to make it as easy as possible for people to get tested, and there will be more coming online across the state.”

There have been 36 confirmed coronavirus cases in Frankston. That figure has not risen for two weeks.

Firsts published in the Frankston Times – 4 May 2020

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