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None positive after 5,200 tests in month

IN four weeks, there were just over 5,200 Covid-19 tests carried out in the Cumberland Local Government Area (LGA) with no-one testing positive.

Nearly 14,500 tests have been done in Cumberland since the pandemic began, and of the 76 cases of Covid-19 detected, 27 were acquired overseas, 35 were locally acquired from a known source and 15 came from an unknown local source.
The Auburn Hospital emergency department (ED) has been a testing site since February, and one of the first drive-through testing clinics opened on March 20 in the car park of the adjacent Auburn Community Health Centre (ACHC), and is now testing about 100 people a day.
About 110 people a day are also using a drive-through clinic opened on May 25 in the car park of the Stockland Merrylands shopping centre.
At an extraordinary meeting last month, councillors called for more drive-through test sites and offered the use of council-owned facilities at no charge. They also called for people to able to get a test without a doctor’s referral.
Auburn Hospital falls under the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), and a spokesperson said the safety of the community and staff was their primary concern when providing Covid-19 testing.
“You do not need a doctor’s referral to be tested at the Stockland Merrylands drive-through clinic or the Auburn Hospital ED clinic,” he said.
“We are working on providing medical telehealth consultations and access to the WSLHD Hospital in the Home program at the Auburn Community Health Centre drive-through clinic, so that people will not need a doctor’s referral for a test.”
Health authorities have asked anyone experiencing even mild flu-like symptoms, including a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever, to self-isolate and arrange a test.

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