Nepean Blue Mountains Health District COVID test pass 150k milestone

More than 150,000 COVID-19 tests have now been conducted across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District at public and private testing centres.

Blue Mountains Hospital in Katoomba's drive-through test.

Blue Mountains Hospital in Katoomba's drive-through test.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Director of Public Health, Dr Victor Carey said the milestone was reached earlier this week and demonstrates the strong community support for the testing program.

"This is a remarkable milestone for the frontline staff who have undertaken the vital work of conducting these tests," he said

"It's also a significant achievement for residents of our community, who have attended the testing clinics and done their bit to help keep our community safe."

The population of the health district is 380,000.

A spokeswoman for the health district said they did not know the amount of people having multiple tests through the private clinics. But she said "there are obviously people having multiple tests in certain occupations".

Presenting for testing when you have symptoms is key to helping keep the spread of the coronavirus under control and this milestone demonstrates how seriously our community has taken on this responsibility, Dr Carey said.

The district health officials have asked all residents who have even the mildest of symptoms - like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19 - to get tested.

There are many local COVID-19 Clinics, including Blue Mountains Hospital, the seven day drive-through clinics at Penrith Paceway and The Sydney International Regatta Centre at Cranebrook.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away dont delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask when using public transport, ride-shares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can't physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back.