Gold Coasters will soon be able to head down to their local pharmacy to be tested for COVID-19 thanks to a new initiative announced by the Queensland Government today.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed the State Government is trialing coronavirus testing at community pharmacies across the state in a bid to make it easier for Queenslanders to get tested for the virus.
“Until we have an approved vaccine for COVID-19 we will continue to rely on methods like testing to keep Queenslanders safe,” Minister Miles told Queensland Parliament.
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“That’s why I’m pleased to inform the house that we are once again increasing our testing capability… Today I’m announcing a trial for testing for COVID-19 in pharmacies.”
It’s understood the pilot project will be rolled out at community pharmacies across the state over the next few months, however it has not yet been revealed exactly which parts of the state will be included.
Minister Miles said he hopes more people will be able to get tested this way, which will help to ensure Queensland stays on top of the virus.
“As of this morning, 693,707 tests have been done in Queensland – 9883 in the past 24 hours,” he said.
“We saw recently, people coming out in droves to get tested, this trial is about making testing even more accessible.
“Community pharmacies are accessible and trusted places in communities across Queensland, including some of our regional and remote areas, making testing available at your local pharmacy will make it even easier for Queenslanders to get tested.”
Under the trial, pharmacists will be provided with extra training to conduct the testing and samples will still be analysed by Queensland Health.
“The same rules still apply, people who are tested will be required to go into self quarantine until they get a test result back,” Minister Miles said.
It comes as Queensland recorded yet another day of no new cases of coronavius, with just 11 cases now active across the whole state.
“Today is another zero day for Queensland, 11 days of no community transmission,” the Deputy Premier said.
“Here in Queensland we have been very fortunate to have many days like today thanks to the hard work of Queenslanders and our preparedness.
“Queensland has acted quickly and decisively throughout this pandemic and it is that action that has allowed us to focus on our economic recovery on getting people back to work.”
COVID-19 TESTS: We will launch a trial of coronavirus testing in community pharmacies.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 12, 2020