COVID-19 testing information for Beechworth and surrounding communities

To keep our community safe, you should get tested for COVID-19 if you have these symptoms, however mild:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough / sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

Where to get tested?

  • You should seek testing from your General Practitioner (GP)
  • Anyone seeking testing needs to have an appointment – call ahead and follow the instructions about presenting for a test
  • If you are unable to get tested at your GP, find your nearest testing site by calling the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or visit: gov.au/CORONAVIRUS
  • Beechworth Surgery offers limited testing for people with symptoms who are:
    • Residents of Beechworth and surrounds and /or
    • Patients of Beechworth Surgery
    • Tests are by appointment only – call 03 5728 1566

What does a test cost?

  • The test is free for anyone with symptoms that meets the criteria for COVID-19 testing
  • Bring at least one form of identification e.g. Medicare card, driver’s licence

Why is it important to get tested for COVID-19?

  • Testing helps find and isolate cases quickly and allows contact tracing to commence
  • Collecting as much information about COVID-19 as we can helps reduce the spread of the virus

What does a test involve?

  • The test involves a swab from the back of your throat and nose
  • The test takes around a minute

What happens after the test?

  • You must return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative test result and until your symptoms have resolved
  • If you need assistance while you are in self-isolation please call the Indigo Shire Council Pandemic Coordination team on 1300 365 003 who can connect you to local services