The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) has announced that free COVID-19 testing is available for heavy vehicle drivers in the state. The testing is available at SA Pathology clinics as well as some roadside locations.
“After two weeks of discussions and planning between SA Pathology, the Department of Health and SARTA, we are pleased to be able to advise you of the arrangements for free no-hassle COVID-19 testing for HV Drivers without any need for prior appointments or doctor referrals,” SARTA said.
In a memo of the service, SA Pathology’s Clinical Service Director Dr Tom Todd said that it recommends testing for interstate truck drivers, particularly those involved in livestock transport to abattoirs.
“This is being instituted as a proactive health promotion strategy to enable broader community testing for COVID-19 and support early detection before it spreads in the community,” Dr Todd said.
“Any driver should consider having a voluntary swab even if asymptomatic, but particularly if experiencing any of the following symptoms at any time in the last four weeks:
- Acute respiratory infection e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or fever OR
- Acute unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste OR
- New onset of headache, myalgia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea AND who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
“The collection, which consists of a nasal and throat swab, takes just a few minutes. ‘Interstate truck driver’ should be clearly marked on the collection form.”
Information on the testing locations and forms can be found here.