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Two-day COVID testing pilot in Goondiwindi commences

Goondiwindi is the location for a multi-government department pilot for rapid antigen testing of transport drivers

 

A joint initiative between Queensland Health with Darling Downs Health, Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Police Service, with today marking the begining of a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) pilot being conducted at the Goondiwindi freight and logistics dedicated testing site.

For two days only (9-10 Novermber) truck drivers can present for a PCR test at Goondiwindi, and will have the opportunity to be part of the RAT Pilot and have a second COVID-19 test.


Read about dedicated test and vaccine hubs in Goondiwindi, here


The departments involved say that participating in the pilot will inform the viability of the broader implementation of rapid antigen testing in Queensland, but whether a two-day, opt-in pilot will produce substantive enough results as to the feasibility of PCR testing for the transport industry remains to be seen.

“Participating in this pilot will inform the viability of the broader implementation of rapid antigen testing in Queensland,” says TMR.

“Rapid antigen test results can be provided within 15-30 minutes and you will not have to wait for those results at the testing location.”

Find out more about a number of changes made by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to assist heavy vehicle drivers and operators during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.

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