The Moe Senior Citizen’s Centre will operate as a walk-in COVID-19 testing site from tomorrow (7 September) as case numbers rise across Victoria.
Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) will offer testing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 11am as a replacement for the Moe Kmart carpark drive-through option which closed in July due to occupational health and safety concerns for staff.
Locals are able to park their cars nearby and walk in for testing if they; are experiencing symptoms, however minor; are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case; or have been to an exposure site listed on the Victorian Department of Health website.
Testing is free but attendees are asked to bring a Medicare card with them if possible and face masks must be worn at all times. Appointments are not necessary.
Council worked closely with LCHS and the Department of Fairness, Family and Housing to secure the new Moe/Newborough testing location.
Council will also work with users of the Senior Citizen’s Centre on alternative arrangements in the interim.
LCHS will manage the service at the site, which is located at 45 Langford Street, Moe.
Quotes attributable to Latrobe City Mayor Sharon Gibson
“We understand the importance of readily available COVID testing sites across our municipality as cases rise across the state and threaten regional Victorians.
“We encourage all local residents who have symptoms of any kind to make use of the new facility at the Moe Senior Citizen’s Centre and play your part in keeping our community and your loved ones safe.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“The Moe testing site will enable more people in the area with symptoms or who have visited a site of concern to do the right thing and get tested.
“Along with vaccinations and contact tracing, early testing and isolation are a key part of managing outbreaks and enabling restrictions to be eased. Importantly, financial support remains available for people who cannot work while isolating and waiting for a test result, to encourage everyone to play their part.”