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Canterbury Hospital expands COVID-19 testing

District urges people with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.

SydneyConnect Video: Expanded COVID-19 testing at Canterbury Hospital

Sydney Local Health District has expanded the capacity of its COVID-19 Testing Clinic at Canterbury Hospital, and is urging anyone with the mildest symptoms to get tested.

NSW Health has named the Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local government areas (LGAs) as places of concern - because the virus is continuing to spread in those communities.

"If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please come forward for testing immediately, even if you have been fully or partially vaccinated. You must then go straight home and self-isolate while you wait for your test result.

"Do not stop off along the way. If you need groceries or other essential items, ask family or a friend to drop them off at the front door - or order online," Dr Leena Gupta, the Clinical Director of the District's Public Health Unit, said.

Testing is free. A referral from a GP or a Medicare card isn't needed.

"If you, your children or a loved one have even the slightest of symptoms, like a sore throat, cough, fever, runny nose, difficulty breathing or flu like symptoms please get tested as soon as possible," Dr Gupta said.

The expanded Canterbury Hospital COVID-19 Clinic is open from 10am to 8pm, seven days a week. No appointment is required.

"We're opening our expanded COVID-19 testing facilities at Canterbury Hospital to ensure we're keeping our community safe," Kiel Harvey, the hospital's General Manager, said.

There have been 45,000 COVID-19 tests recorded across the state in the past 24 hours (to 8pm 6 July.)

The District also has COVID-19 testing clinics at Concord and RPA hospitals, Redfern Health Centre and at Central Railway station. For further details please click here.

People living in the three LGAs are being urged to limit their movement outside the home.

The NSW Government has extended the lockdown in Greater Sydney.

The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain in place until 11:59pm on Friday, 16 July.

For Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, people must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses to leave the home include:

  • For work or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer.

For more information, please click here