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Drive-through COVID-19 testing coming to Parkes

Drive-through COVID-19 testing coming to Parkes

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) drive-through COVID-19 testing will be visiting Parkes on Wednesday, August 12 from 10am to 3pm.

There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Parkes.

The testing service will be set up in the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society's Little Theatre carpark, entry via the Newell Highway.

The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

"It's a drive-through service so you won't have to leave your car," Director of Public Health, Priscilla 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.

"If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

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

Ms Stanley said WNSWLHD has tested more than 13,871 people over the past four weeks.

"We need to keep testing people, so we can stay on top of COVID-19," she said.

COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and local hospitals.

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

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