5 May 2020

No new COVID-19 cases, new testing centres open in the ACT

| Dominic Giannini
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Dr Kerryn Coleman

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has announced that there are no new COVID-19 cases in the ACT on Wednesday, 29 April. Photo: Region Media.

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the ACT today (29 April) and the number of recovered patients remains at 101, according to ACT Health.

Canberra only has two active cases and no COVID-19 patients in ACT hospitals. Three patients have died from COVID-19 in the Territory and there have been 106 cases in total.

A total of 8,300 negative tests have been conducted as of 1:30 pm today.

The ACT Government is expanding its COVID-19 testing criteria until Friday, 8 May to get an even better view of the situation in the community.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman encourages Canberrans to get tested to provide clearer information on the prevalence or absence of COVID-19 in the ACT.

“It is vitally important that we continue testing as many people as possible to know the most accurate representation of COVID-19 within the ACT community,” Dr Coleman said.

Three more testing clinics, run by the Capital Health Network, have opened in the ACT at YourGP@Crace, Lakeview Medical Practice in Tuggeranong and the Winnunga Aboriginal Health and Community Service in Narrabundah.

Capital Health Network CEO Megan Cahill said the respiratory clinics are located in established general practices dedicated to supporting their communities and increasing access to COVID-19 testing.

“These GP respiratory clinics are located across Canberra to assess and test patients with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms,” Ms Cahill said.

The Federal Government has set aside over $200 million to support the establishment of up to 100 testing clinics across Australia.

The ACT Government has established a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the Territory at www.covid19.act.gov.au.

Canberrans can also call through to the established helpline for assistance on the challenges of COVID-19 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm daily on 02 6207 7244.

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