Port Douglas received a skinny three-day Covid-19 pop-up testing clinic from December 17-20 in what has been described as “difficult to understand” by Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr.
In a statement to Newsport, Ruth Crimmins, Acting Director of Nursing, Mossman Multi-Purpose Health Service, said: âGiven the current demand for testing, QML is opening a contextual COVID-19 testing clinic at the community center of Port Douglas on Mowbray Street from Friday December 17 to Monday December 20, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No reservation is required.
“We will be looking to extend the operating period of this clinic, if there is an increased demand for testing in the community after Monday.”
But a frustrated Kerr said he didn’t understand the mentality of the move.
âIf there are visitors who have just arrived in Queensland and Port Douglas, for example, they need to be tested five days after arrival. So the proposed three days don’t make sense, âKerr said.
Coupled with that, the borders do not open until tomorrow (December 17) and visitors to Port Douglas will not benefit from this pop-up clinic.
The statement added that the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service continuously monitors trends in COVID-19 testing and, based on this activity, makes decisions when testing facilities are needed.
âDuring times of high demand for COVID-19 testing, we have set up pop-up testing clinics in Port Douglas in collaboration with our private pathology partners; and our own mobile test units.