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COVID screenings decreasing

  • Covid
Thursday, 10 Sep 2020

COVID-fatigue and complacency are believed to be behind the noticeable decrease in local people seeking appointments for symptomatic screenings for coronavirus.

IMAGES: Handmade thank you cards sent to our staff by three-year-olds at Honey Pot Warrnambool and their kinder teacher, Ash.

Over the past week, our SWH Respiratory Assessment Clinic has screened 235 people. On the same week, a month ago, that figure was 426.

It is vital that anyone with symptoms (in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that would explain the clinical presentation of any of the following) such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and/or runny nose gets tested. Our SWH symptomatic Respiratory Assessment Clinic in Warrnambool is open 8am-4pm Monday to Sunday. An appointment can be made by calling 5563 1666.

We’ve now tested 9,183 people during this pandemic. Here’s this week’s breakdown of the 235 people screened since August 27:

161
Symptomatic patients screened at our Warrnambool Respiratory Assessment Clinic
5,389 to date

44
Symptomatic patients screened at our Warrnambool Base Hospital emergency department 734 to date

0
Symptomatic patient screened at our Camperdown Hospital urgent care centre
14 to date

29
Symptomatic inpatients screened in our Warrnambool Base Hospital, Camperdown Hospital/Merindah Lodge
573 to date

1
DHHS-directed ‘close contacts’ screened at our Warrnambool Respiratory Assessment Clinic
39 to date

0
DHHS-directed asymptomatic people screened at our Warrnambool Respiratory Assessment Clinic during community and staff screening clinics
2,259 to date

0
DHHS-directed asymptomatic people screened at our Camperdown Hospital during community and staff screening clinics
175 to date.

Of the 2,415 current active cases in Victoria as of 11.59pm last night, 125 are in regional Local Government Areas (LGA) under stage 3 restrictions. Of these 125 active cases (an ‘active case’ is defined as someone who has tested positive, is currently in isolation, being DHHS-monitored and has not yet recovered), three are within our SWH catchment area, two in Warrnambool and 1 in Corangamite. Another 12 are in neighbouring Colac Otway.

This Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews will announce what’s to come for all Victorians, restrictions-wise, in the weeks ahead.

Page last updated: 15 December 2020

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