COVID-19 testing for transport workers begins

29 May 2020

South Australian transport workers can now receive a COVID-19 test out on the road with the first mobile testing clinic opening its doors.

SA Pathology’s Clinical Services Director, Dr Tom Dodd said the clinic at Bordertown will provide testing to transport workers passing through the area over the next two weeks.

“South Australians have done a great job so far in getting themselves tested when showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and this is yet another way we can continue to help stop the spread,” Dr Dodd said.

“This clinic has been set up at a service station to make it easy to access and will be available to all transport workers, including truck drivers who travel interstate, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

“It is vital we randomly test people from different occupational or population cohorts regardless of the level of symptoms to prevent any large outbreaks within the community.”

The expansion of testing comes after transport workers were identified among several cohorts for COVID-19 testing as part of the Active Testing Surveillance Framework.

Testing of homeless people and seasonal workers has already commenced with the next priority for active surveillance testing to focus on health care workers, residential aged care workers, prison inmates and seasonal workers

 “SA Pathology has the capacity and capabilities to support the continued testing of symptomatic people as well as targeted surveillance testing, so now is the right time for us to commence this testing regime,” Dr Dodd said.

“By providing additional opportunities for testing to those or who may have less access to COVID-19 testing clinics, we will be able to continue to provide further protection to all South Australians.”

The mobile testing clinic will visit a number of regional locations in the coming weeks.