Uralla COVID testing clinic opens as further traces detected in sewer

Published on 19 October 2021

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Four consecutive detections of SARS-CoV-2 virus fragments in samples taken from Uralla sewage over the past two weeks has prompted Hunter New England Health to open a drive-through pop-up COVID testing clinic in Uralla today. 

Based at the Driver Reviver location at 115 Bridge St, Uralla, the clinic will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only for appointments between 1pm and 3pm.

No positive cases of COVID have been detected in Uralla Shire, but current cases in neighbouring Tamworth Regional Council are a reminder that it is not the time for complacency. 

“I’m very proud of the high vaccination rates of the people in the Uralla Shire, which is sitting at around 94% first dose and 77% double-dosed,” said Uralla Shire Council Mayor Michael Pearce. 

“I urge anyone who has any symptoms to promptly come forward to get tested, to make use of the new Uralla testing facility,” said Mayor Pearce. 

“And if you’re one of the 6% who haven’t started their vaccination program yet – I urge you to make use of the excellent providers we have available to our community.” 

Bookings are required for the Uralla pop-up clinic. Phone 0427 923 080 to make an appointment (when calling, people should state they wish to book for the Uralla testing clinic).

The temporary clinic is expected to provide testing services until 4 November. 

For clinic locations visit:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx

 

 

 

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