Shepparton News

Over 5000 take test

- By Monique Preston

More than 5000 people were tested at Shepparton COVID-19 testing sites yesterday.

GV Health’s main testing sites had completed 5125 tests by 5 pm yesterday.

More tests were expected to be completed later than that, with testing sites open until 8 pm.

It is the single biggest number of tests in one day in Shepparton since the COVID-19 outbreak began on August 20.

Yesterday was always expected to be a big day for testing, with day 13 tests due for students and staff from Greater Shepparton Secondary College’s McGuire and Wanganui campuses, Notre Dame College’s Knight St campus, Bourchier Street Primary School and St Mel’s Primary School.

However, testing numbers had exceeded the 4000 people anticipate­d.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said the testing sites had boosted capacity for yesterday’s tests, with 120 staff working throughout the day.

As well as GV Health staff, numbers had also been bolstered by staff from other regional health services, the Australian Defence Force and Greater Shepparton City Council to help with the testing.

At the drive-through sites, 12 lanes were open, while walk-up sites were also operating to ensure everyone was tested.

“I’d like to thank community members for coming out for the day 13 test and for their patience,” Mr Sharp said.

“I do appreciate that some of the waits were long.”

Mr Sharp said the numbers tested were a “remarkable effort” for one day.

He said 1400 to 1500 people were tested on Wednesday at GV Health-operated testing sites, while he expects that number should taper off to about 1000 tests each day over the weekend.

Mr Sharp reminded people who had had their day 13 tests that they would receive two messages.

The first would inform them of their test result, while a second from the Department of Health would release them from quarantine at the end of their 14th day.

He said it was “critically important” that people waited until they received the second message to release them from their 14-day quarantine.

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