Shepparton News

Hardings make waiting for a test look easy

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Bree Harding and her three boys Felix, Hugo and Miles were among the thousands of people tested for COVID-19 across Shepparton yesterday.

They were in line at 6.30 am after being told to go to the testing field at Shepparton’s sports precinct, and were done and dusted in 21⁄2 hours.

‘‘We were okay today, the kids were a bit sleepy when I dragged them to the car at 6 am so they were in the car with their blankets and Rubik’s cubes and iPads,’’ Ms Harding said.

It was a big step-up from a chaotic first day of testing, when the family waited more than nine hours to be tested at the sports precinct with a bag of apples, a big box of Shapes and a few bottles of Pepsi Max between them.

She was looking forward to — hopefully — getting out of isolation this weekend.

‘‘There were some tough days, you sometimes felt like a prisoner in your own home,’’ she said.

‘‘Every time I put on trainers to walk on the treadmill the dog would look at me excitedly.’’

Her three boys managed to keep themselves amused Facetiming or playing games with friends, while Ms Harding’s parents helped out, including doing Felix’s paper run.

Ms Harding has managed to get some alone time on the roof while watching the sun set, but is excited for the first thing she’ll do when she’s released — ‘‘take the dog for a walk’’.

 ??  ?? Road trip: Felix, Hugo and Miles Harding spent 21⁄2 hours in the testing line yesterday with mum Bree.
Road trip: Felix, Hugo and Miles Harding spent 21⁄2 hours in the testing line yesterday with mum Bree.

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