NT| Rapid antigen testing facilities to open

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The Northern Territory will open two rapid antigen testing sites, as the territory attempt to restrict the virus from entering unvaxed regional towns.

The sites will be set up in:

  • Bath St in the Alice Springs CBD
  • The Royal Darwin Hospital’s pandemic clinic

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from NT News 18.11.21

TWO rapid antigen testing sites will open by the end of this week as the Northern Territory “prepares for Covid to come”.

As new restrictions come into play for people visiting remote NT communities with low vaccination rates, Health Minister Natasha Fyles revealed a “rapid antigen testing co-ordination centre” would be stood up on Bath St in the Alice Springs CBD, and at the Royal Darwin Hospital’s pandemic clinic.

“That will provide a location for people who are planning to head to remote communities that need to get that test,” Ms Fyles told ABC Alice Springs on Wednesday.

Ms Fyles added that authorities would liaise with health service providers to organise a rapid test for individuals travelling to Alice Springs for a medical appointment or treatment.

She said the testing would be available during business hours and flagged that the function of the centre could change over time.

Rapid testing is required to be performed 72 hours before a person travels to a remote community with a first-dose vaccination rate below 70 per cent.

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