The 2020 cold and flu season has bumped up the numbers of people going to get tested for coronavirus in Horsham.
A spokesman for the Wimmera Health Care Group said 34 people went to get tested at its Horsham assessment clinic on Saturday and 28 on Sunday. He said this was roughly double the number that went the weekend before.
"Those numbers are consistent with the number of people we usually see on weekdays, where numbers are in the 20s or 30s most days," he said.
"It means the time for people getting test results back is up to three days, where it was previously 24 hours or quicker."
The spokesman said it was possible some residents were being tested for a second time, having been asymptomatic the first time and since developing a cough or cold.
He it was important people continued to book their appointment at the clinic rather than showing up spontaneously.
"It's so we can keep control and don't have lineups: The last thing you want is people lining up out the front of the clinic and coughing on each other," he said.
He said people could make bookings on the WHCG website, or by calling 53623474.
In Edenhope, 111 people were tested from Monday to Thursday last week, when Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital opened its drive-thru assessment clinic for the second time since the pandemic began.
Chief executive Andrew Saunders said 185 people were tested during the first opening.
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"We tested pretty much 11 per cent of Edenhope's population," he said. "If they were different people that turned up this time compared to the first blitz that would mean 29 per cent of the population has been tested."
Mr Saunders said as far as he was aware, no one in Edenhope had ever been diagnosed with coronavirus. The West Wimmera Shire has reported one case across the pandemic, on April 1.
In Warracknabeal, Rural Northwest Health opens a clinic for an hour each weekday to test referrals by doctors and those that work in the health industry.
Executive Manager of Community Health Jo Martin said the service performed 14 coronavirus screening tests last week. While she did not have a breakdown, she said these were most likely to be people who had some symptoms that were team members or community members.
The Mail-Times has contacted the West Wimmera Health Service for comment.
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