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Two Clinpath drive-through testing facilities have re-opened this morning after temporarily closing yesterday.
Both the drive-through Aldinga and Gepps Cross testing sites have re-opened for individuals seeking a PCR COVID-19 test, with test times reported around 3 to 4 hours for the Aldinga site.
Four Clinpath clinics announced they were closing temporarily yesterday to respond to the demand for testing facilities needed in Aged Care homes across South Australia. The private pathology clinic also closed St Mary’s and Smithfield, which are yet to re-open.
Yesterday, it was announced at the daily COVID-19 press conference that over 20,000 PCR tests were carried out in South Australia on January 3. Speaking on the matter, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said Clinpath has been doing an “outstanding job since day one,” and believed SA Pathology would be able to fill in the gaps left by the remaining closed testing clinics.
Clinpath COVID-19 testing facilities at Blair Athol, Mile End, Firle, Elizabeth Park and Port Adelaide still remain open, as well as other SA testing sites, including Victoria Park and the RAH. For those seeking a COVID-19 PCR test, wait times are routinely being reported on the SA Health website and social media pages. Bookings times are also available for those wishing to receive a test.
Further, yesterday Marshall drove home the message that if an individual is asymptomatic, seeking to self-monitor themselves or wishing to receive a test to travel interstate, Rapid Antigen Tests (RATS) suffice. As RATS increase in popularity, a handy Find a RAT website has been developed by a Melbournian software engineer, helping Australians locate the sought after tests and check stock lists.
A total of 3,246 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in South Australia on January 4, the first time SA COVID cases have surged well above 2,000. Hospitalisations have climbed to 102,12 of which are in the ICU and one individual on a ventilator.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible.
Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.
More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.
For more information visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/ or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.