Fully vaccinated Horsham truck driver Anthony Vincent, pictured getting swabbed by nurse Deidre Harrington, was one of more than 150 asymptomatic drivers who helped ensure we had a record-breaking month for testing.

Our COVID-19 testing team tested 1642 people for the month of August, beating July’s 1496.

Wimmera Health Care Group’s Horsham campus was surrounded by trucks and prime movers this week after the South Australian Government changed its border crossing restrictions. The new restrictions meant Victorian drivers had to produce a negative test result that was no older than 72 before they were allowed to cross into SA.

The restrictions were announced the same day they were enforced which stranded interstate truck drivers at the SA border. Drivers unhitched their load and drove their prime movers back to our Horsham COVID-19 Testing Clinic to fulfil the new demands.

Our COVID testing team did a brilliant job to keep the asymptomatic truck drivers separated from symptomatic community members and they were appreciative of the understanding from all. WHCG management organised a pop-up tent to provide a separate clinic for testing the drivers which remained in place until Thursday afternoon.

Truck drivers can now be tested any day between 12noon and 12 midnight at a new pop-up clinic at Nhill Trailer Exchange. The clinic is the collaborative work of West Wimmera Health Service and Ballarat Health Services.

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