Published: Tuesday 07 Apr 2020
Testing criteria has broadened to new groups
Over the weekend we heard that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Victoria was steady, and that efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ appear to be working. However this does not mean we can become complacent.
Victoria’s testing criteria for COVID-19 have been broadened to include people whose employment and contact with the broader public may place them at higher risk of exposure to any virus which may be circulating in the community.
If someone in the following categories displays clinical symptoms – a fever or acute respiratory infection – they will now be tested for COVID-19.
- Childcare and early childhood education
- Primary or secondary schools; and
- Firefighters who are emergency medical responders
- People aged 65 years and older.
The full testing criteria is available on DHHS’ website. Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said, 'The number of community acquired cases contracted from an unknown source are continuing to rise – the expansion of the testing criteria will allow us to get a clearer picture of how much the virus is circulating.'
'These new criteria do not mean our stage 3 restrictions should be relaxed. The reverse is true, we must continue these actions to flatten the curve.'
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