TESTING CENTRE: The new Goondiwindi testing centre opened today.
TESTING CENTRE: The new Goondiwindi testing centre opened today.

New coronavirus testing site to target interstate visitors

A NEW pop-up coronavirus testing centre has opened today near the border, as second wave fears grow.

The new testing centre, at the Goondiwindi Showgrounds, was opened to target people travelling north from other states, Darling Downs Health chief executive Peter Gillies said.

"With the state border with New South Wales now reopened we're seeing increased volumes of traffic coming our way," Dr Gillies said.

"There are emerging COVID-19 hot spots in southern states so we urge all drivers and passengers to stop and be tested, particularly if they think they may have been exposed to coronavirus or if they are experiencing the symptoms.

"Swab collection kits will be offered to travellers at the border checkpoint, and if they choose to be tested they will be directed to the site at the showgrounds.

"Our communities within Darling Downs Health have done a fantastic job of minimising the spread of COVID-19 so we are doing everything we can to avoid a second wave.

"If you know of anyone travelling into Queensland from southern states please encourage them to stop and undertake the test."

The centre will be open seven days a week from 8.30am - 4.00pm and is located in the McColl Pavilion, with entry to the Showgrounds from Boundary Rd.

Darling Downs Health Services said camping and caravan facilities at the showgrounds will be unaffected as they are entirely separate and located safely away from the pop-up test site

Goondiwindi Hospital would also continue to offer COVID-19 testing for community members.

Local residents can attend the centre and be tested if they have symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue or shortness of breath.

It comes as the Goondiwindi community votes to close interstate borders.

Warwick opened their coronavirus testing centre in April.

To access the testing centre, head to 53 Wood St.

Bookings are not required but patients must present with a referral form from their GP

A secondary respiratory clinic on Guy St opened in March for those displaying cold or symptoms of COVID-19.

Walk-ins are not accepted and to book, call the Condamine clinic on 4666 9666 to schedule an appointment.

For more information, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19 regularly for the latest advice."

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