Hazardous weather closes university and Tomaree COVID-19 testing clinics


Hazardous weather conditions across the region has forced two testing clinics within the Hunter New England Health District to close.

The University of Newcastle COVID-19 Drive Through Clinic will be shut at 2pm today, while the Tomaree Drive Through COVID-19 Clinic will be closed all day.

Those who are booked in at the University of Newcastle clinic will have their appointment rescheduled, or can attend another clinic at John Hunter, Belmont, or Calvary Mater Newcastle hospitals, or one of the privately run testing clinics available in Tomaree, Adamstown and Warners Bay.

Those booked at the Tomaree drive through clinic can have their swab attended at a temporary clinic which has been set up at Tomaree Community Hospital.

This clinic will operate from 9am to 3pm today, and those wishing to be tested must call 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment prior to attending.

It comes after the district recorded no new cases since late last week, where three cases were confirmed in the region, forcing two schools to close.

After a deep clean and contact tracing, St Pius X High School at Adamstown and St Francis Xavier’s College at Hamilton will reopen this week to students and staff who were not close contacts of the cases.

There are 11 active cases within the region and, while no new cases have been recorded, the community has been urged to remain vigilant and present for testing if they show symptoms of the virus.

For a complete list of clinics across the Hunter New England region, please visit the NSW Health website.