New COVID-19 testing clinic opens in Auburn

Medlab Pathology staff helmed the clinic when it opened on Monday.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has opened a new drive-through testing clinic in Auburn in response to continued community transmission of COVID-19.

The new clinic is open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on weekends in the car park of a construction site at 48 Boorea Street, Auburn, next to Kennards Self Storage and on the main road linking south-west Sydney to the northern suburbs.

Testing is free and you do not need a doctor’s referral.

The clinic effectively replaces the pop-up site at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park, which tested 954 people across five days and has now closed due to weather conditions and the resumption of the school term.

11 cases are currently linked to the church.

The new clinic is in a key location linking western and south-western Sydney.

WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy said the new clinic demonstrates the district’s responsiveness to the ongoing situation in NSW.

“Auburn is an ideal location for another testing clinic due to its proximity to south-western Sydney, which continues to have more affected locations including St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Bankstown. Thank you to Medlab Pathology for partnering with us to open this latest site,” Graeme said.

“More than 130,000 people have been tested so far in our district, which is a testament to our hard working staff and the public who are taking this pandemic seriously.

“Please continue to come forward for testing if you have any symptoms and keep up to date with the latest information on the NSW Health website.”

There are now 19 testing locations in Western Sydney LHD – see the full list of testing clinics in NSW here.

17 people tested positive for COVID-19 in NSW yesterday, including two cases still under investigation.

NSW Health’s key messages for the community are:

  • Avoid non-essential travel and gatherings
  • Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – must seek testing and self-isolate until they get the result. Stay at home, and do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19
  • At all times stay 1.5 m from other people in public. Don’t go anywhere there is crowding
  • Clean your hands regularly with soap and running water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Don’t host, or go to, a gathering of more than 10 people at home (not withstanding that the legal limit is 20 people)
  • Don’t go to the gym unless the equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after customer use by supervising staff or yourself, and there is good spacing between machines and customers
  • Consider using a mask in situations where you are unable to physically distance, particularly indoors

For more information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing, refer to the NSW Health website, or call health direct on 1800 022 222 or your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.