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Updated: Drive through COVID-19 clinic at Forbes cancelled

RETURNING: Earlier drive-through testing in Forbes.
RETURNING: Earlier drive-through testing in Forbes.

The Western NSW Local Health District drive-through COVID-19 testing will be revisiting Forbes on Wednesday, August 12 from 10am to 3pm.

Director of Public Health Priscilla Stanley said the testing service would be set up in Harold Street with entry via Court Street.

Anyone with even mild symptoms associated with COVID-19 is urged to get tested.

Symptoms include fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

Ms Stanley said more than 13,300 people in the health district had been tested in the past four weeks. There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Forbes or Parkes.

"We need to keep testing people, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased," Ms Stanley said.

"COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities."

The drive-through service is free. People don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

"It's a drive-through service so you won't have to leave your car," Ms Stanley said.

"Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

"The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours."

You can request to get your result by text if it is negative, and that can be faster.

"People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," Ms Stanley said.

"The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing.

"While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill.

"Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our district.

"Right now, our message is very simple - if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested."

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