More COVID testing clinics will be made available on the Gold Coast and opening hours extended following massive queues of people waiting to be swabbed.
There were waits of up to six hours reported at the Gold Coast University Hospital with long lines also reported at Robina.
It comes after the Chief Health Officer urged anyone in Queensland who had been in Victoria since December 21 to get tested and isolate until they got a negative result.
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The call saw thousands of people turn out, but testing centres couldn’t cope with the influx.
“We are opening more fever clinics and extending the hours because of that rapid response of people coming forward to get tested after hearing that information,” Dr Young said.
“I would ask people please go online, we’ve got a website that’s continually updated. We’ve stood up more clinics and we’ve extended hours and we’ve worked with people who’ve come along to those clinics to get them tested.
“We do have those 76 clinics so I would stress people look around for other clinics. I do thank people for waiting, in some cases, quite a while.
Several more testing clinics will be made available on the Gold Coast without the need for a referral from a GP.
Dedicated private COVID clinics in Parkwood, Nerang and, Mermaid Waters are among those open.
Drive-through testing without a referral will also be available in Arundel and Oxenford.
“We are opening more fever clinics and we’re extending hours because of that rapid response from people coming forward to get tested,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.
“I would ask people please go online. We’ve got a website that’s continually updated with information about testing. If one clinic is particularly busy, look at where else you can go in your area and I do
thank people for waiting for quite a while in some cases to get tested.”
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Officials continue to hold fire on any further border restrictions with the Chief Health Officer saying things in Sydney and Victoria appear to be ‘settling’.
“So this stage there is no need to extend any border restrictions beyond those ones for Greater Sydney that are currently in place.
“We do need to be alert though and things could unfortunately, I definitely hope not but, things could unfortunately rapidly change.
“So I would ask anyone from Queensland who is planning on traveling down to Regional New South Wales or to Victoria to keep a very, very close eye on what is happening and be prepared to rapidly return if that’s necessary.”
Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
There are still 13 active cases in the state, including 7 being treated on the Gold Coast.