COVID-19 WA: Huge queues form at Joondalup and Mindarie drive-thru testing clinics

Huge queues of visitors are constructing at northern suburbs COVID-19 testing clinics, as Perth residents rush to get examined on the primary full day of latest restrictions.

Some drivers at Joondalup Hospital queued for 3 hours earlier than the clinic opened at 8am, after the State Government revealed there have been a number of publicity websites within the area.

This morning, the Elcar Lane clinic had a queue stretching as much as 100 automobiles lengthy, whereas there have been additionally huge strains in Mindarie, regardless of the clinic nonetheless being below building.

Workers are but to complete establishing the make-shift centre within the Mindarie boat ramp automobile park, close to Oceans Falls Blvd, however individuals have already began flocking to the positioning to get their swab.

One clinic tent has already been put up, whereas tradesmen are speeding to assemble the body of a second tent.

A driver gets a drive-thru test at Joondalup Hospital.
Camera IconA driver will get a drive-thru check at Joondalup Hospital. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Shantelle Burns was among the many first within the queue and mentioned she had been ready for about two hours earlier than the road began transferring.

“I was quite concerned until the (infectious) woman’s husband tested negative, so that’s really promising news,” she mentioned.

This is the second testing centre incapacity employee Sophie Corkell had been to this morning, after having visited one of many websites.

“I’ve been here for about two and a half hours,” she mentioned.

“I went to the Hocking clinic first but the queue was so big that I had to come back and get fuel cause I knew I wouldn’t make it.”

Long wait: Motorists wait in line at a Mindarie testing clinic.
Camera IconLong wait: Motorists wait in line at a Mindarie testing clinic. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Line of automobiles now spans for round a kilometre however is reportedly transferring progressively faster.

Daniel Lededrer, who’s among the many a whole bunch of individuals queuing up exterior the brand new Mindarie clinic this morning mentioned he’s getting examined as his accomplice works at the Ocean Keys Shopping centre — one of many listed publicity websites.

“I’m not worried, I think WA is definitely doing the right thing and getting tested today,” he mentioned.

“Seeing the complacency in other countries and what it causes — I’d rather be safe than sorry.

“As soon as I’m eligible I’ll be getting the vaccine.”

The new restrictions for Perth and the Peel area got here into impact yesterday afternoon after a traveller who returned from NSW spent a number of days in the neighborhood whereas unknowingly infectious.

The lady attended a number of venues earlier than she turned conscious of her an infection — all in suburbs north of the river.

The publicity websites embody a number of northern suburbs purchasing centres, together with Currambine Central Shopping Centre, three main faculties and IKEA in Innaloo.

It comes as WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed there have been no new circumstances of COVID-19 within the State in a single day.

Meanwhile, authorities proceed to trace down shut contacts of the contaminated lady who returned from Bondi final week and developed signs a number of days later.

Anyone who has visited one of many publicity websites is being instructed to get examined instantly and quarantine for 14 days.

PERTH COVID TESTING CLINICS

Joondalup Hospital

Mindarie Clinipath

Wangara Australian Clinical Labs

Duncraig Western Diagnostic

Joondalup Western Diagnostic

Hocking Clinipath

Ocean Reef Australian Clinical Labs

Osborne Park Clinipath

Armadale Health Service

Fiona Stanley Hospital

Rockingham General Hospital

Royal Perth Hospital

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

St John of God Midland Hospital

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