A number of pop-up testing clinics are being rolled out in tourist hot spots across Queensland, now that interstate tourists are allowed back in.
Three of those will be stationed on the Gold Coast, with one to be set up at the airport and another at the Albert Waterways Community Centre near Pacific Fair.
There’ll also be one set up in the heart of Surfers Paradise along the Esplanade.
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Health Minister Steven Miles says we need to ramp up testing efforts to make sure we keep on top of any potential cases in Queensland.
“Pop-up swabbing clinics are being rolled out across Queensland as part of a testing blitz targeting transient groups like tourists and truck drivers to ensure anyone and everyone with symptoms are being tested.
“We know that one of the most important things everyone can do to help in the fight against COVID-19 is to get tested immediately if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild, which include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, lack of taste or smell, and fatigue.
“COVID-19 tests are free for tourists and visitors as well as residents and available at several locations around the state, including some drive-through sites,” Deputy Premier Miles said.
Tourists are being urged to get tested if they show the slightest symptoms, with interstate visitors having to commit to get tested as part of the entry requirements on the new border declaration passes.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon has also encouraged Gold Coast locals to get tested if need be as well.
“We have seen how quickly this virus can spread, that is why it is so important for anyone in Queensland to get tested if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
“These pop-up testing clinics are in addition to other testing sites at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Robina Health Precinct Building near Robina Hospital, Community Respiratory Clinics in Burleigh Waters, Upper Coomera, Hope Island and Nerang as well as selected general practices.
“No appointment is needed and the test is fast and free,” Ms Scanlon said.
To find your nearest testing location, visit your local HHS website or call 13 HEALTH.