COVID testing clinic updated schedule
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews continues to urge people to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as any symptoms appeared and to stay at home while waiting for their test results.
Almost 90 per cent of Victorians who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past three weeks had continued going to work or supermarkets after they began to show symptoms. Even after having a test, 53 per cent did not isolate at home while they waited for the results.
If you have any of these symptoms, you must stay home and arrange testing if you have ANY of the below symptoms or been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19:
– Fever, chills or sweats
– Cough or sore throat
– Shortness of breath
– Runny nose
– Loss of sense of smell or taste
Anyone experiencing symptoms or been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, should call YDMH to make an appointment
Out of hours, concerned community members can contact YDMH nursing staff on 5736 0400. Calling first prior to presentation is essential to enable our health staff to assess you over the phone prior to entering the organisation and potentially putting other community members/health staff at risk.
On arrival, you will be asked to wait in your car until a staff member is ready to assess you and undertake testing if required. Further detailed instructions will be provided when an appointment time is made.
Step-by-step advice if you have symptoms of COVID
- If you are feeling unwell do not go to work.
- Check your symptoms – you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have any of the following: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of sense of smell or taste.
- Get tested at a nearby testing location if you have any of the symptoms. Call first to make an appointment and return home immediately.
- Wait for your test results. Do not go to work or go out shopping, stay at home. It usually takes between 1 and 3 days for your results to be returned to you. If you are worried your results are taking too long you can call a service provider for more information.
- If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for your results you may be eligible for a $300 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment.
- If you test negative, go about your normal activity, following the restrictions for your location.
- If you test positive we will contact you. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Do not go to work. If you are worried you will lose pay you may be eligible for a $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.
- If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero (000), you may need to be admitted to hospital.
- If you have tested positive, have self-isolated for 14 days and have recovered you can resume your normal activity, following the restrictions for your location.
For further information and latest updates, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website for current information and updates: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
For an up-to-date map of all testing sites please scroll down the following page: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19