Wednesday, May 29, 2024

COVID pop-up testing clinics launched

Queenslanders and tourists will have greater access to COVID-19 testing with pop-up testing clinics to be established in targeted locations.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance, Services Steven Miles said the Queensland Government was scaling up testing efforts to detect any potential COVID-19 cases around the state.

“Pop-up swabbing clinics are being rolled out across Queensland as part of a testing blitz targeting transient groups like tourists and truck drivers to ensure anyone and everyone with symptoms are being tested,” Deputy Premier Miles said.

“We know that one of the most important things everyone can do to help in the fight against COVID-19 is to get tested immediately if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild, which include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, lack of taste or smell, and fatigue.

“COVID-19 tests are free for tourists and visitors as well as residents and available at several locations around the state, including some drive-through sites.”

Clinics are to be set up in locations including the Cairns Esplanade, Gold Coast Airport, Albert Waterways (Gold Coast) and Surfers Paradise Esplanade.

Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon encouraged locals and tourists travelling to the Gold Coast to get tested, even if they only have mild symptoms.

“We have seen how quickly this virus can spread, that is why it is so important for anyone in Queensland to get tested if they show any symptoms of COVID-19,” Ms Scanlon said.

“These pop-up testing clinics are in addition to other testing sites at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Robina Health Precinct Building near Robina Hospital, Community Respiratory Clinics in Burleigh Waters, Upper Coomera, Hope Island and Nerang as well as selected general practices.

“No appointment is needed and the test is fast and free.”

Mr Miles said he was grateful for the cooperation of Queensland residents and visitors for continuing to come forward to be tested.

“Testing is the best way of protecting yourself, your family and the community,” Mr Miles said.

“The mobile facilities would be in addition to the locations already available for testing such as hospitals, GP clinics and private testing sites.

“I’m grateful for the cooperation of Queenslanders and visitors in coming forward to get tested so we can continue to keep everyone safe.”

To find your nearest testing location, visit your local HHS website or call 13 HEALTH.

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