Kambah, Nicholls and Holt Canberra testing clinics closed for PCR testing as others reach capacity | Canberra time

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Mitchell’s drive-thru clinic was at capacity before 9 a.m. Friday while Garran’s walk-in clinic was about an hour-and-a-half wait. Cars queuing outside the Kambah testing clinic for rapid antigen tests were turned back as vehicles began to drag on the main road. This was happening before the center opened at 10 a.m., with recommendations to return later in the day for a test. There are reports of people getting aggressive at the Kambah site with ACT Health asking people “please treat our team with respect”. Only those present can pick up kits, according to ACT Health. Rapid antigen tests were distributed for the first time at the Kambah testing clinic today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as 10,000 diagnostic kits arrived from the national stockpile. The current cargo should be completely depleted by the end of Friday. Testing is only available to people who have symptoms of COVID-19, who are household contacts of a confirmed case, who are at high or moderate risk of contracting COVID-19, or who have been referred by ACT Health to get tested. The use of rapid antigen tests in Kambah is only planned today at this stage, while ACT Health awaits a new supply of test kits. Canberrans are advised to only get tested if necessary. This includes people with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have been asked by ACT Health to take a test. Nicholls, Kambah and Holt testing centers will remain closed for PCR testing until at least Monday due to “unavoidable supply issues”, according to ACT Health. The Mitchell and Garran walk-in clinics will remain open. Mitchell is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Garran Testing Clinic is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: This also includes anyone at high or moderate risk of being exposed to the virus, such as household contacts or Canberrans who have spent a long time with someone who has tested positive. Positive rapid antigen tests only need to be confirmed with a PCR test under certain circumstances, ACT Health said. This includes people over 65, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people over 55, anyone 20 weeks or more pregnant; people over the age of 16 who are not or partially vaccinated; and anyone identified by a healthcare professional as severely immunocompromised. The Canberra Times asked ACT Health to describe the affected supplies. More soon. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is available to everyone free of charge. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, please register here. If you are already subscribed, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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