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More than 1500 tested in past week

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The Townsville Hospital and Health Service has tested more than 1500 North Queenslanders for COVID-19 in the past week.

Since the pandemic began, more than 32,000 North Queenslanders have been tested for COVID-19.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Kieran Keyes said the North Queensland community had been brilliant in following the health advice.

“On average last week, we saw 226 tests completed across North Queensland every day,” he said.

“Every one of these people should be congratulated for doing their bit to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community.

“Testing is crucial in helping us identify any cases of COVID-19 as quickly as possible and clearly our community has responded.”

Mr Keyes said anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms – fever, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough and loss of taste or smell – no matter how mild, should get tested.

“If you are sick, jump in the car, drive to the clinic, get tested and then go straight home,” he said.

“It is important people stay at home until they are cleared of COVID-19.”

North Queenslanders can access free testing for COVID-19 at:
• 1300 Smiles Stadium COVID-19 drive-through community assessment clinic at Kirwan from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week.
• Kirwan drive-through COVID-19 community assessment clinic, 138 Thuringowa Drive from 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
• Strand Rockpool pop-up clinic, 9am to 2pm, Monday to Fridau