COVID-19

New CBD COVID-19 testing site opens to replace Victoria Park

The Victoria Park testing site will be closed from Saturday and replaced with a new site of the same capacity.

The Edwards Park COVID-19 drive-through testing site opens today, offering the same testing capacity as its Victoria Park predecessor to help keep South Australians safe.
 
The new city location off Anzac Highway will be open every day from 9am to 10.30pm, reflecting the times of greatest demand for the service.
 
With the new site now open, the Victoria Park Pakapakanthi COVID-19 drive-through testing site will close at 9am to make way for the return of the Adelaide 500.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton said “This new site at Edwards Park will ensure we continue to provide COVID-19 testing in a central, accessible location which can ramp up to meet demand.

“The Victoria Park drive-through testing site has played a major role in our state’s response to the pandemic, and I want to thank every South Australian who has come forward to get tested – and the hard-working staff who continue to be the backbone of this operation”


More than 568,000 swabs have been performed by SA Pathology staff at the Victoria Park site since it opened on 5 August 2020 – 695 days ago.
 
At its peak, the site carried out:

  • 3,982 swabs in one day, on 27 December 2021.
  • 21,544 swabs in one week, at an average of 3,078 tests per day.
  • Up to 180 swabs per hour.

The number of people seeking testing at the Victoria Park site overnight has been declining in recent weeks, with an average of 18 people being swabbed between midnight and 6am in the past fortnight.
 
The new Edwards Park site will retain the same staff – six teams per shift – and offer the same capacity with the option of expanding to Park 22 if needed.
 
A full list of COVID-19 clinics and testing centres can be found here.
 

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