Shepparton News

GV Health prepared for testing surge

- By Darren Linton

More positive cases will be confirmed today and Goulburn Valley Health chief executive officer Matt Sharp has appealed for more people connected to exposure sites of greatest concern to come forward for testing.

There are three exposure sites in particular GV Health is concerned about: Sky Salon Hairdressi­ng between August 15 and 19, the community centre at Central Park Recreation Reserve between August 13 and 19, and the Sir Ian McLennan Centre from August 13 to 19. “If you’ve been to an exposure site, get tested,” Mr Sharp said.

“We’re not getting the numbers we would like coming forward from those exposure sites.”

Mr Sharp said any delay from the onset of even the slightest symptoms was an opportunit­y for the virus to keep spreading.

“Anyone who has symptoms, no matter how mild, needs to get tested straight away,” he said.

Thursday marks a critical day on the outbreak with thousands of people quarantine­d on August 20 required to get a mandatory day 13 test. Once a negative test result is confirmed those people will be released from quarantine but will still be subject to the current lockdown conditions in effect in Victoria.

Mr Sharp said he was confident the system could cope with the testing surge.

“At this stage the numbers we are planning for the peak day 13, which is Thursday, is about 1500 primary close contacts. On our busiest days towards the middle of last week we were able to cope with 3500 tests. We’re confident we can deal with that demand, but there may be some queues,” he said.

 ??  ?? Go for test: GV Health is confident it can cope with the number of people needing to be tested ahead of their release from quarantine.
Go for test: GV Health is confident it can cope with the number of people needing to be tested ahead of their release from quarantine.

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