NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has urged residents of Gunnedah and surrounding areas to make the most of the new COVID-19 testing clinic that opened on Monday, May 18.

This comes off the back of the recent testing blitz in the fight against COVID-19 with over 3000 people tested in the region.

Mr Anderson said testing in Gunnedah also provided an opportunity for residents in neighbouring communities to be tested.

“The walk-through clinic will be held at the Gunnedah Hospital in the education building. Entry will be via the Marquis Street driveway between Alkira Aged Care and the medical centre,” Mr Anderson said.

“People wishing to be tested need to make an appointment by phoning 6741 8000 between 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday prior to attending.

“Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to get tested.

“People who have even mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose can also contact the clinic to arrange testing.

“Hunter New England Health is focussing on identifying areas where testing is relatively low and further investigation is needed to ensure an accurate picture of COVID-19 occurrence across the district.

“While the easing of further restrictions has been announced, I am urging caution and vigilance with the focus to stay on personal hygiene and social distancing. We want to progress safely and not go backwards.”