Mitchell Shire Kilmore Health Wandong/Heathcote Junction Seymour COVID-19

Drive through testing site needed in Mitchell

17 July 2020

Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan says the Andrews Government needs to urgently establish a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Mitchell Shire.

The call comes as Victoria today records more than 428 new cases of COVID-19, the highest since the outbreak began.

Ms Ryan said she was concerned families who attempted to get tested at existing locations were turned away because they did not realise they needed to make an appointment.

“While the Premier is telling people who have the mildest symptoms to come forward and get a test, the government has not make it particularly easy for Mitchell Shire residents to get tested,” Ms Ryan said.

“We are seeing an explosion in case numbers because of the government’s bungling of hotel quarantine and slow contact tracing.

“Businesses and individuals across Mitchell Shire are paying a heavy price for the government’s mistakes but we need to make sure those problems are not compounded because people find it too difficult to get tested.”

Ms Ryan said drive through testing sites where no appointment needed to be made in advance had been set up in Bendigo, Mildura and Wonthaggi even though those areas all had fewer active cases than Mitchell.

“There are currently 38 pop up testing sites around the state to increase testing rates but, despite the whole shire being put into Stage 3 lockdown, none of these have been set up in Mitchell,” Ms Ryan said.

“I question why a drive through site hasn’t been set up in Kilmore and Seymour when drive through testing has been established in towns that are not under stage 3 restrictions.

“Aside from the GP respiratory clinic in Wallan, the only other places people can get tested in Mitchell Shire is through either Kilmore or Seymour hospitals.

“While Kilmore hospital is testing people in their cars, it is not a drive through clinic where people can just turn up without an appointment to get a test.

“The government needs to urgently remedy this situation to make sure any transmission within our area can be identified and acted on quickly.”

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