Testing facilities for coronavirus due to open across Mid North

OPEN: Coronavirus testing clinics are set to open across the Mid North in the coming days. This is a positive step forward for the region and will reduce pressure on health workers.
OPEN: Coronavirus testing clinics are set to open across the Mid North in the coming days. This is a positive step forward for the region and will reduce pressure on health workers.

Coronavirus testing clinics are expected to pop up across the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula in response to the rapidly changing pandemic.

A clinic at Port Pirie GP Plus plus sites at Crystal Brook and Jamestown are among the few set to open this week.

Port Pirie-based executive director of nursing and midwifery Michael Eades said the Yorke and Northern Local Health Network was working "hard" in regional South Australia to create some clinics.

"The clinics are designed to test patients who meet the screening criteria and have recently travelled overseas or have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19," he said.

Wallaroo Hospital opened a designated coronavirus testing facility on Friday and will launch another two clinics on the Yorke Peninsula at Maitland and Yorketown.

Mr Eades said the opening of the testing clinics was an "extremely positive step" for the Yorke and Mid North region and would ease pressure on health workers.

"The testing clinic's will help reduce the burden on our emergency departments, ensuring the segregation of potentially-infectious coronavirus cases, while providing the most appropriate clinical care."

Mid North residents are urged to remain calm and seek advice only from official sources.

"We encourage everyone to help protect family, loved ones and the community during this time," he said.

The situating is rapidly evolving. For more information on the coronavirus crisis, visit the Australian Government Health Department website here.

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