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Now is the time to get tested for COVID-19

With restrictions easing and COVID-19 cases falling, it might seem like COVID-19 is a thing of the past. However, without a vaccination and with increased movement of people around the state, it could take just one new case on the Central Coast to start a new wave of the virus. That is why now is the time to get tested for COVID-19, especially if you have flu-like symptoms, or are an essential worker. Our CEO, Michelle Bradbury says “The health of our local community is our highest priority. That is why we are encouraging people to be tested at the COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus”.

Our COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic is a free, Federal Government Initiative, where people can be assessed and tested for COVID-19. The clinic is for anyone with mild to moderate symptoms such as cough, sore throat, or fever.  Operating from the grounds of the EV Church on Terrigal Drive in Erina, the clinic is open from 10:30am to 5:30pm, seven days a week.

Since the clinic opened on Friday 1st May, over 4000 tests have been conducted with no positive results recorded.   People presenting have ranged from 5 months of age with the oldest patient being 97 years old and include many local healthcare workers, people working in the Aged Care, Disability and Child Care sectors as well as teachers and school students.

With mandatory reporting enforced, the demographic information that is collected at the clinic is utilised by the Government to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our local community, which has a direct correlation to how and when restrictions are eased.  This is why it is important that we continue testing in our local area to ensure we can continue to see the easing of restrictions over the coming months.

With cold and flu season underway and with more and more people traveling around NSW as restrictions ease, anyone with flu-like symptoms is strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. Bookings at the COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.ccpc.com.au or by calling the clinic on 0435 813 865.

Michelle Bradbury says “The response from the local community in regards to our clinic has been overwhelmingly positive, and we believe that a whole of community approach is one where we can all make a difference.”