Reminder to get tested

Tate Papworth

While COVID-19 infection numbers may be trending in the right direction, members of the community are urged to continue to be tested should they show even the slightest of symptoms.

Melbourne Airport is one local testing site which has seen numbers dwindle in recent weeks.

Airport chief of landside access, utilities and facilities group Lorie Argus, recommended locals take advantage of the airport’s COVID-19 testing facility.

“Our drive-through testing site is ideal for those wanting to get tested quickly. There’s minimal wait times with most drivers getting checked almost instantly,” Ms Argus said.

“The facility is open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, and is completely separated from travellers.”

Melbourne Airport’s COVID-19 testing site is located on Level 2 of the T4 carpark. It is accessible through a dedicated lane on the T4 entry ramp. This facility is completely separate from airport travellers and staff and is patrolled by security 24/7.

Earlier last week Premier Daniel Andrews warned stage four restrictions could not be lifted as soon as hoped if testing rates didn’t improve.

“It seems logical that there would be less testing but not this much less,” Mr Andrews said.

“What we’re all trying to avoid here is that case numbers come down to a point where we start to think about opening up and what that will look like, only to be unable to do that because the test numbers are too low for us to have clarity about how much virus is out there.”