GAME ON FOR INCREASED TESTING IN NEWCASTLE

McDonald Jones Stadium will be converted into a six-lane, drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic for 10 days.
From Friday May 8 until Sunday May 17, 900 people can be swabbed a day at the facility.

Public Health Physician Dr David Durrheim said while case numbers are stabilising in the region, the new testing clinic at the stadium will help “capture” any cases of coronavirus still circulating in the community.

“Beating COVID-19 is a team sport and we’re asking all locals to play their part,” Dr Durrheim said.

“With Mother’s Day fast approaching, this is a great opportunity for Newcastle locals who have symptoms to be screened for COVID-19.

“It will still be important to observe physical distancing and not visit even if you are slightly
unwell, but it may put some peoples’ mind at ease that the new symptoms are not COVID-19.
Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to get tested.
People who have even mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose can also contact the clinic to arrange testing.
NSW has one of the highest testing rates in the world, with capacity to test over 8000 people a day.
In addition to the McDonald Jones Stadium service, Hunter New England Health continues to operate clinics at Calvary Mater Newcastle, John Hunter, Maitland, and Belmont hospitals for Newcastle and Hunter locals.
Testing at the stadium clinic is by appointment only, which can be made from today.
Those wishing to be tested can contact the drive-through clinic on 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment, prior to attending.
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Samantha Poate is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle. After completing a BA in Communication and Journalism at Charles Sturt University in 2016, Samantha moved to Northern New South Wales where she worked for News Corp. Samantha joined the NBN News team in 2018, working as a journalist in the Lismore Bureau.