Coronavirus screening clinics open in Yarra Ranges

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COMMUNITY screening clinics have opened across the Yarra Ranges as part of a two-week coronavirus blitz to test up to 100,000 people.

EACH and Eastern Health say they have opened the clinics to provide rapid response screening and pathology for those who need to be tested for COVID-19.

They have been set up at the request of the Federal and State governments to support in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the local community and help reduce stress on the hospital system.

Clinics are open at EACH sites in Yarra Junction, Lilydale, Boronia and Ringwood.

Call ahead to register – (03) 8595 1333

Those wanting to get tested are asked to bring their Medicare card.

Anyone without a Medicare card needs to bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s licence or student ID.

For those happy to travel down the line, mobile testing sites have been opened at Eastland and Knox shopping centres.

“These new mobile testing sites are located at shopping centres around Melbourne to make it as easy as possible for people to get tested – and there will be more coming online across the state,” Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Results of coronavirus tests typically take 24-72 hours.

Symptoms that should prompt testing include fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, or a runny nose.

Even the most mild of symptoms could be a sign of coronavirus.

For more information on coronavirus mobile testing sites click HERE