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Testing record in Horsham

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Stranded truck drivers helped ensure a record-breaking month for Wimmera Health Care Group’s COVID-19 testing clinic.

The organisati­on tested 1642 people in August, topping July’s 1496.

Wimmera Health Care Group’s Horsham campus was surrounded by trucks and prime movers last week after the South Australian government changed its border crossing restrictio­ns.

The new restrictio­ns meant Victorian drivers had to produce a negative test result, no older than 72 hours, before they were allowed to cross the border.

The restrictio­ns were announced the same day they were enforced, which stranded interstate truck drivers at the Victoria-south

Australia border. Drivers unhitched their loads and drove their prime movers back to the Horsham COVID-19 testing clinic to fulfil the new demands.

Management organised a pop-up tent to provide a separate clinic for testing the drivers, which remained until Thursday afternoon.

Truck drivers can now be tested any day between noon and midnight at a new pop-up clinic at Nhill Trailer Exchange.

The clinic is the collaborat­ive work of West Wimmera Health Service and Ballarat Health Services. • Nhill testing site for truck drivers, page 23.

 ??  ?? MEETING REQUIREMEN­TS: Fully vaccinated Horsham truck driver Anthony Vincent, pictured getting swabbed by nurse Deidre Harrington, was one of more than 150 asymptomat­ic drivers who helped ensure Wimmera Health Care Group’s record-breaking month for COVID-19 testing.
MEETING REQUIREMEN­TS: Fully vaccinated Horsham truck driver Anthony Vincent, pictured getting swabbed by nurse Deidre Harrington, was one of more than 150 asymptomat­ic drivers who helped ensure Wimmera Health Care Group’s record-breaking month for COVID-19 testing.

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