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Hundreds swabbed for COVID-19, testing clinics extended


More than 210 Armidale residents have so far been screened so far for COVID-19. Picture: Adam Marshall MP

Hundreds of people have been swabbed for COVID-19 as health authorities conduct a testing blitz to determine the origin of cases with an unknown source of infection. Due to high demand, the Tamworth clinic has been extended to operate from 9am to 4pm until May 8. Those wishing to be tested must call 1800 881 568 (during testing hours) to register before attending the clinic. It is a drive-through service set up in Carpark E on the corner of Johnston and Smith streets. Testing is recommended for those who have cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, or for those who have travelled internationally, or on a cruise ship, or have been in touch with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Those who don’t have symptoms or risk factors but are concerned about their health can also contact the clinic to arrange a time. Due to high demand, the Armidale Hospital COVID-19 Clinic has also been extended for an additional week until May 8. Operating hours have also been extended, with the clinic now open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Those wishing to be tested must call 0427 923 080 (between 9am and 4:30pm on testing days) to register before attending the clinic.

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