Community halls and sports pavilions are among the Frankston City Council-owned venues that are being made available to Peninsula Health for COVID-19 testing.
Mobile screening clinics have so far been set up at Monterey Reserve in Frankston North, Langwarrin Community Hall on Cranbourne-Frankston Rd and Carrum Downs Community Pavilion on Wedge Rd. These are in addition to the drive-through screening clinic at Frankston District Basketball Association in Seaford and the walk-in screening clinic at John Madder Hall at Frankston Hospital.
The mobile clinics move to new sites throughout the city every few days. To check their location, visit peninsulahealth.org.au
Peninsula Health chief operating officer Helen Cooper said the council’s provision of its facilities for free meant residents were able to access COVID-19 testing close to home. “By setting up mobile screening clinics we are making COVID-19 testing available and more accessible for everyone,” Ms Cooper said.
Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer encouraged residents to get tested even if their symptoms were mild. These might include having a sore throat, runny nose, fever or shortness of breath. “A big part of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in our community is ensuring we know who has the virus,” Cr Mayer said. “There isn’t stigma attached to getting tested and you won’t be judged if you test positive. This virus is highly infectious and can impact anyone, regardless of their background.
“The State Government has made financial assistance available to those who can’t go to work while they are waiting for their results or isolating due to testing positive.”
Cr Mayer said the council was appreciative of the clubs and community groups that held leases at these venues “for their generous co-operation in ensuring testing sites are made available to the public”.
For advice when you are unwell, phone the Government’s 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or go to dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus. For more information about the support available to residents and businesses affected by the pandemic, visit www.frankston.vic.gov.au/FTLOF
There are currently 68 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Frankston and 32 on the Mornington Peninsula.