As the coronavirus (COVID- 19) sets in across the country, supermarket shelves have been stripped bare, further restrictions have been placed on communities and Maryborough is now preparing to see patients at its own testing clinic.
As of midday Thursday there were no cases of COVID-19 in Maryborough, however, to ensure the town is prepared for all circumstances, Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) has announced it will open a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic from Monday next week.
The Fever Clinic will open specifically for members of the community with a fever or who meet the criteria for having contracted the virus.
The clinic will operate from the health service’s Wellness Centre on Clarendon Street, however a shortage of swabs and reagent testing kits for virus testing means clinicians will be limiting testing to patients who meet the suspected case criteria.
MDHS is urging those who have travelled overseas in the 14 days prior to the onset of illness or come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days before the onset of illness and have a fever or shortness of breath to make an appointment.
MDHS CEO Terry Welch said he assures the community the health service is well placed for any possible cases of the virus locally.
“The current events of COVID-19, globally and within our country and state is seeing a response from your health service and emergency systems which have never been seen before,” he said in a statement.
For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, March 20