AFTER the coronavirus testing criteria was expanded yesterday (March 22), Canberrans have flocked to the drive-through testing site at Exhibition Park.
The ACT’s chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman announced the new criteria yesterday, which aligns with the NSW criteria.
The new testing criteria includes:
- Travellers from overseas with onset of respiratory symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat) or fever (≥38C) within 14 days of return.
- Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of last contact.
- Healthcare workers with recent onset of respiratory symptoms AND fever irrespective of travel history. Healthcare workers who have fever OR respiratory symptoms should be assessed for testing on a case-by-case basis.
- Patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory illness or unexplained fever (e.g. not associated with a urinary tract infection).
- Patients with acute respiratory illness or unexplained fever in other high risk settings, such aged care facilities, residential care facilities, boarding schools, and cruise ships.
- Patients with acute respiratory illness or fever presenting with reported links to settings where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred, in discussion with CDC.