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Visit the NSW Government website for the latest COVID-19 rules and restrictions.

Visitor arrangements are in place for all of our health facilities, find out more at our visitor information page.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) testing clinics

COVID-19 Assessment Clinic Hotline 1300 001 956

For the latest on clinic operating hours and information call our Assessment Clinic Hotline (9am to 4pm weekdays).

Symptoms include:

  • fever (37.5  degrees Celsius or higher)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell.

Other reported symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • acute blocked nosed (congestion)
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea/vomiting
  • loss of appetite.

Unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis (eye infection) have also been reported as symptoms of COVID-19.  

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

How COVID-19 is spread

COVID-19 is a human coronavirus that spreads from an infected person to other people in close contact:

  • through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing
  • by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

See the list of COVID-19 case locations.

When COVID-19 symptoms appear

The amount of time between exposure to the virus and the first appearance of symptoms is usually 5 to 6 days, although it may range from 2 to 14 days.

If you don’t have symptoms

If you have COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms, this is called “asymptomatic”.

If you have COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, you can still infect other people and they could get sick.

This is why it is important to get tested when required, even if you do not have symptoms or feel sick. By getting tested and self-isolating, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Getting tested

What you need to know

Even if you only have one symptom, get tested and self-isolate straight away.

The test is safe, free and you do not need a Medicare card.

The test is usually a bit uncomfortable but not painful.

The test is for COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 swabs are not tested for drugs, cancer, or anything else. 

MNCLHD COVID-19 Testing Clinic locations

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
8am to 4.30pm

Saturday and Sunday
8am to 2pm

Address

Coffs Harbour International Stadium
Stadium Drive
Coffs Harbour

Please note: For children under 6yrs visit the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital Emergency Department for testing. Children 6 yrs and older – visit the clinic for testing.

Opening hours 

Monday to Friday
8am to 4pm

Saturday and Sunday
8am to 2pm

Address

Austral Street Boat Ramp (known as Riverside Boat Ramp)
Kempsey

Please note: The clinic will test children under 5 year old with no symptoms. Children under 5 year old with symptoms need to present to the Kempsey District Hospital Emergency Department for clinical review.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
8am to 4pm

Address

Lake Cathie Sporting Complex
Dirah Street
Lake Cathie

Please note: The clinic will test children under 5 year old with no symptoms. Children under 5 year old with symptoms need to present to the Port Macquarie Base Hospital Emergency Department for clinical review.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 1pm

Address

11 Dudley Street
Macksville

Please note: For children under 6 yrs visit the Macksville District Hospital Emergency Department for testing. Children 6yrs and older – visit the clinic for testing.

Opening hours 

Monday to Friday
8am to 4pm

Saturday and Sunday
8am to 2pm

Address

Port Macquarie Regional Stadium
Boundary Street
Port Macquarie

Please note: The clinic will test children under 5 year old with no symptoms. Children under 5 year old with symptoms need to present to the Port Macquarie Base Hospital Emergency Department for clinical review.

Opening hours

Tuesday and Thursday
9.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Address

South West Rocks Community Health Centre
7-9 Steve Eagleton Drive
South West Rocks

Please note: For children under 5 yrs with symptoms visit your GP or go to the Kempsey District Hospital Emergency Department for testing – children 5 yrs and older – visit the clinic for testing.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Friday
9.30am to 1.30pm

Address

CWA Rooms
21 Beach Street
Woolgoolga

Please note: For children under 6 yrs visit the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital Emergency Department for testing . Children 6 yrs and older – visit the clinic for testing.

Further information

Visit the NSW Government website to find a clinic near you.

Visit our Facebook page or the ‘Latest news‘ on our home page for local updates on COVID-19.

The National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline provides information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app – please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.

Phone: 1800 020 080

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit the NSW Government website to stay informed about COVID-19 and find answers to frequently asked questions.

TIS National is for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.

Phone: 131 450 (24-hour help line)

 

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