Thursday, 12 August 2021
RESIDENTS in Moree are once again being urged to get tested for COVID-19, with Laverty Pathology re-opening a drive-through clinic at the Gateway on Perry James Crescent, in response to a confirmed case of the virus in the neighbouring Walgett Local Government Area.
Northern Tablelands MP and Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall said Moree residents should remain calm, but come forward for testing should they have even the mildest of symptoms.
“At this stage there is no health advice to indicate Moree has been exposed to the COVID-19 detection in Walgett,” Mr Marshall said.
“Because Walgett residents transit regularly to Moree for medical appointments and to see family, increased testing was a simple measure to assist health authorities monitor the possible spread of the virus.
“From today, Laverty Pathology will operate a pop-up drive through testing clinic at the Gateway on Perry James Crescent in Moree, from 8am to 5pm.
“This service will be open seven days a week to cater for a potential influx of people proactively looking to be tested.
“I hope in the coming days testing in Moree reaches similar heights as was seen in June, when exposure sites were identified in the town.
“Once again I ask the people of Moree to do their part to keep vulnerable western communities safe by being tested for COVID-19 at the sign of the slightest symptoms.”
Mr Marshall added stay-at-home orders apply to anyone in the Moree Plains Shire who has visited Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren local government areas after 5 August 2021.
“A number of Western NSW shires are now in a seven day lockdown, some of which have close ties to Moree,” he said.
“I urge anyone who has been to one of the eight shires listed in the past week to seek a COVID-19 test and do their part to follow the stay-at-home orders.”
COVID-19 testing is also available for Moree residents at Moree District Hospital and Moree Respiratory Clinic. For a list of operating hours and booking information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics