COVID-19 testing facilities will open across Mid North

OPEN: Coronavirus testing clinics are set to open across the Mid North in the coming days. This is a positive step forward for the region and will reduce pressure on health workers.
OPEN: Coronavirus testing clinics are set to open across the Mid North in the coming days. This is a positive step forward for the region and will reduce pressure on health workers.

Coronavirus testing clinics are expected to pop up across the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula in response to the rapidly changing pandemic.

A clinic at Port Pirie GP Plus, Crystal Brook and Jamestown are among the few set to open this week.

Based in Port Pirie, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Michael Eades said the Yorke and Northern Local Health Network is working "extremely hard" across regional South Australia to establish a number of clinics.

"The clinics are specifically designed to test patients who meet the current screening criteria and have recently traveled overseas or have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19," he said.

Wallaroo Hospital opened a designated coronavirus testing facility on Friday 20 March, and will open a further two clinics across the Yorke Peninsula in Maitland and Yorketown.

Mr Eades said the opening of the testing clinics is an "extremely positive step" for the Yorke and Mid North region and will ease pressure on health workers.

"The activation of testing clinic's will help reduce the burden on our Emergency Departments, ensuring the segregation of potentially infectious coronavirus cases, while providing the most appropriate clinical care."

Mid North residents are urged to remain calm and only seek advice from official sources.

"We encourage everyone to help protect family, loved ones and the community during this time," he said.

For further information on the coronavirus crisis, visit the Australian Government Health Department website here.

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