Chief Health Officer’s plea for COVID-19 testing

Chief Health Officer’s plea for COVID-19 testing

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has implored people to get tested for COVID-19 as the latest outbreak escalates.

The state recorded 15 new cases overnight, 13 of which were contracted in the community, as 21,806 people were tested for the virus.

It’s plunged the state into an extended lockdown until Sunday at 4pm and Dr Jeannette Young says the only way to get on top of the outbreak is to ensure people are tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

“To get through it by 4pm Sunday I need every single person in Queensland to come forward and get tested if they have any symptoms,” Dr Young says.

“We know the Delta variant is truly unforgiving.

"We know that Delta can transmit within seconds."

Deputy Premier and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles says as the number of cases grows, so too does the list of possible exposure sites, meaning testing is more critical than ever to ensure infected people quarantine at home to stop the spread.

Health Minister and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D'Ath says there are 64 drive-through testing clinics across Brisbane, 33 of them across Greater Brisbane.

She urges people to have a test - even if their symptoms are mild, and says a doctor's referral is not needed at private pathology clinics.

“We know testing and staying at home will save lives,” Mrs D’Ath says.

Their plea resonated with residents, who flocked to testing sites across Greater Brisbane, including one on Deception Bay Rd at Deception Bay.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Loss of smell and/or taste

Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.

How to get tested

Your local doctor – but call ahead so they can prepare for your visit

Fever clinics. These clinics help keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals to reduce potential spread of the virus.

Testing clinics - for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are unwell.

Where to get tested in the Moreton Bay Region

Albany Creek

Sullivan Nicolaides, 49 Old Northern Rd, Albany Creek. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-5pm; Saturday 7am-noon.

Sullivan Nicolaides, 640 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-noon.

Sullivan Nicolaides, Unit 1, 725 - 727 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-noon, 12.30-3pm.

Brendale

COVID car collection site, South Pine Sports Complex, 620 South Pine Rd, Brendale. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm.

Bribie Island

4Cyte Pathology St Peters Anglican Church, 10 Banya St, Bribie Island. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-3.30pm

Burpengary

Sullivan Nicolaides, Shop 3, 33 Progress Rd, Burpengary. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-noon, 12.30-2.30pm.

Caboolture

Sullivan Nicolaides, Caboolture GP Superclinic, 23-27 George St, Caboolture. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-1pm, 1.30pm-4pm.

Sullivan Nicolaides, 25 Morayfield Rd, Caboolture. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm, Saturday 7-11am.

4Cyte, Caboolture Seventh Day Adventist Church, 55 Caboolture River Rd, Caboolture, . Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.

Moreton ATSICHS Caboolture Respiratory Clinic, 3 James St, Caboolture. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients can call 5428 5800 to make an appointment. Open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm.

Clontarf

Sullivan Nicolaides, Shop 17, 9 Elizabeth Ave, Clontarf. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 7-11am.

Deception Bay

4Cyte Pathology 175-181 Deception Bay Road, Deception Bay. Remain in the car at all times. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm.

Sullivan Nicolaides, Market Square, Shop 5, 1 Bay Ave, Deception Bay. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm, Saturday 7-11am.

Eatons Hill

Sullivan Nicolaides, hop 8, 6-12 Bunya Park Dve, Eatons Hill. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-noon, 12.30-5pm; Saturday 7-10am.

Everton Hills

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Everton Hills Medical Centre, Shop 11, 77-83 Camelia Ave, Everton Hills. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-noon.

Ferny Hills

Sullivan Nicolaides, Ferny Fair Shopping Centre, Shop 6, 170 Patricks Rd, Ferny Hills. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30-11.30am, noon-2.30pm.

Kippa-Ring

Sullivan Nicolaides, Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre, Shop 72, 284 Anzac Ave, Kippa-Ring. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm; Saturday 8am-noon.

Lawnton

4Cyte Pathology, 90 Francis Rd, Lawnton (Rivers Baptist Church car park). No appointment needed. Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm.

Morayfield

Health Hub Medical Centre Respiratory Clinic, 19 Dickson Rd, Morayfield. Open seven days, 8am-8pm.

North Lakes

Sullivan Nicolaides, Lakelands Medical Centre, 1 Winn St, North Lakes. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-1.115pm, 1.45-5pm.

Sullivan Nicolaides, North Lakes Day Hospital, Ground Floor, 7 Endeavour Bvd, North Lakes. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-noon, 12.30-2.30pm.

Redcliffe

Redcliffe Hospital, Anzac Ave, Redcliffe, outside Emergency Department. Open seven days, 8am-4pm.

Sullivan Nicolaides, Shop 2, 3 Violet St, Redcliffe . Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-noon, 12.30-2.30pm

Scarborough

Sullivan Nicolaides, Tenancy 1, 105 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30-11.30am, noon-2.30pm.

Strathpine

Medlab Shop 11, 328 Gympie Rd, Strathpine. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am3pm; Saturday 7.30-11am.

Pine Rivers Community Health Centre, 568 Gympie Rd, Strathpine. Open Monday and Thursday, 7.30am-3pm.

Sullivan Nicolaides, Shop 5, 326 Gympie Rd, Strathpine. Open Monday-Friday, 6.30am-5pm; Saturday 6.30-10.30am.

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