Cough? Sniffle? Time to get tested

 

THE importance of undergoing Covid-19 tests is greater than ever.

Testing numbers have increased dramatically, after cases were identified in Sydney and the Central Coast.

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If you have any of the following symptoms, you will need to have a test to rule out COVID-19:

  • Blocked nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

The procedure is quick, and involves a swab of both nostrils and the back of the throat.

Once the test is complete, you must go home and isolate until you get a negative test result back.

Do not stop anywhere on the way home.

Results usually arrive via text message within 24-48 hours, however with increased numbers of tests being conducted, results may take up to three days.

If you do test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call from a NSW Health official.

For a list of Covid-19 testing Centres and Respiratory Clinics in the Hunter New England region visit https://peoplebank.hneccphn.com.au/covid-testing-hne.

 

By Alice HENNEN

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