ACT Clinic to Distribute Rapid COVID Tests from Kambah Drive-Thru Clinic on Friday | Canberra weather

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Rapid antigen tests will be distributed for the first time on Friday at an ACT COVID-19 testing clinic, after the arrival of 10,000 diagnostic kits from the national stockpile. Acting Health Minister Chris Steel said rapid tests would be administered to those eligible at the Kambah testing site. “We would expect people to withdraw these two tests and administer them themselves at home and report the positive result through the ACT COVID-19 website,” Steel said. “We expect tens of thousands of faster antigen tests to be delivered over the next week and we will have hundreds of thousands more, and over a million, over the next few weeks.” This will give us the supply that we are going to provide. use both for these test centers and drop shipping in a range of settings. The current expedition is expected to be completely sold out on Friday. ACT’s testing clinics came under significant pressure Thursday, after contracted sites were forced to shut down due to lack of reagent, a material used to process PCR tests. The Mitchell drive and Garran walk-in clinics reached capacity early Thursday, while the Kambah, Nicholls and Holt clinics were closed due to a supply shortage. Mr Steel said Kambah, Nicholls and Holt would be closed at least until Monday for PCR testing, after Capital Pathology obtained more reagents and cleared a backlog in its system. supply chain issues. The actual reagent exists in Australia. It’s just a matter of having it delivered to their locations, ”he said. Nearly 65,000 COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction tests have been processed in ACT since the start of the year. People who are close contacts or who show symptoms of COVID-19 remain eligible for free testing. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: ACT needed many more reagents to process COVID-19 tests because more material is needed when a greater proportion of samples are positive. unprecedented number of cases in ACT and this has put a strain on our pathology labs and Capital Pathology partners, and we continue to work with them to ensure they have all the support they need . The ACT reported 1,020 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and there were 24 people hospitalized receiving treatment for the disease at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Three people were in intensive care and two were ventilating. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 reak release in the ACT is free to everyone. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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