COVID-19 Screening Clinic

COVID-19 Screening Clinic

COVID-19 Screening Clinic opening hours

Temporary operating hours

October 21

Bendigo Showgrounds (drive-through, testing walk-in capability if required) 8.30AM - 5.30PM

Testing will be available for:

• Close contacts who have been asked by the Department or Health or the Public health Unit to be tested

• Healthcare workers, truck drivers and pre-operations tests

McLaren Street (drive-through, walk-in testing) 8.30AM – 5.30PM

Testing will be available for:

• Symptomatic people

• People who have visited Tier 1 and Tier 2 exposure sites during times specified on the Department of Health website

• People who have been contacted about an exposure by a business, organisation or COVID case.

COVID Test Tracker

Completing the COVID-19 Testing Registration Form will help save time at the testing site.

To register for your COVID-19 test, click here and complete the questions.

If you register with a mobile phone number you will receive a text with your unique registration number.

The number can be used for multiple tests within a 90-day period.

If you are unable to complete registration yourself, call the State Government COVID hotline on 1800 675 398.

Isolating

If you feel unwell, please isolate - only leave the house to get your COVID-19 test. 

Symptomatic Patients:
Isolate until you receive a negative result and symptom free.

Close Contact:
Test and isolation for 14 days, retest on day 13.*

Patient Carers:
Isolate with your child if they are not old enough to isolate alone. You can stop isolation when your child has a negative result and is symptom free.

Asymptomatic/Workplace Surveillance:
No need to isolate unless you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Exposure Sites:

  • Tier 1: Test and isolate for 14 days, retest on day 13.*
  • Tier 2: Test and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Travel Permits:

  • Red Zone: Test and isolate for 14 days, retest on day 13.*
  • Orange Zone: Test and isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • Green Zone: Monitor for symptoms.

* Please stay in isolation until cleared from your Local Public Health Unit within the Department of Health.

Information for businesses

What to do if you business is a Tier 1 site.

What to do if you business is a Tier 2 site.

If you have been notified of a positive case in your workplace or organisation, please contact the Public Health Unit on 1800 959 400 for public health advice.

Close contact definition

What is a close contact?

A close contact is someone who has been identified by Department of Health contact tracers as having spent time with someone who has COVID-19. There is a high chance that people who have been close to someone with COVID-19 will get the virus and spread it to other people. The best way to protect yourself, your family and the community is to stay at home and stay away from other people as much as possible.

Primary close contacts:

  • someone who has had face-to-face contact or spent time in a closed space with someone who has COVID-19 while they were infectious.
  • someone who has been in an outbreak or other setting where there is a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer or delegate may also identify someone as a primary or secondary close contact based on what is known about a particular case or outbreak.

Close contact with someone can happen in many ways, such as:

  • living in the same household or similar setting (for example, a boarding school or hostel)
  • being indoors together, including in a car, lift or public transport
  • being at a public exposure site at a similar time
  • direct contact with the body fluids or laboratory specimens of a person with COVID-19.

If a person is identified as a close contact, the Department of Health will notify them as soon as possible.

Who should quarantine (stay at home)?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested and wait (isolate) at home. After your test you must go home or to your accommodation immediately without stopping anywhere else. For further information, refer to: Getting tested.

You should quarantine at home if: 

  1. you may have spent time or live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  2. you may have spent time or live with someone who may have been exposed to the virus at work, school or somewhere else, and you have symptoms, and haven't yet been tested
  3. you may have been exposed to the virus at work, school or somewhere else
  4. you have been directed by the Department of Health to quarantine
  5. you have been identified as having to quarantine by authorised officers because you have visited an interstate high-risk location.

What is quarantine?

Quarantine means you must stay in your home or accommodation. You cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, you need medical help, or to escape family violence.

Your quarantine ends when you receive a negative result from a test taken no sooner than day 13 of your quarantine period. You will not be contacted by the Department of Health. Your negative test result is proof that you have completed your quarantine period.

You will be required to quarantine if you are an international traveller - please refer to: Information for overseas travellers.

Primary close contacts must quarantine at home and get tested when the Department of Health asks them to.

Quarantine makes a significant difference to the speed with which new outbreaks can be contained.

I think I am a close contact - what should I do?

If you think you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 or may otherwise be a close contact, contact the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and stay at home until you return a negative result from a test taken no sooner than day 13 of your quarantine. Your negative test result is proof that you have completed your quarantine period.

I visited a place where I know someone was confirmed to have COVID-19 (such as a school or workplace). Do I need to quarantine?

If you have been to a public exposure site, refer to: Case alerts - public exposure sites for what to do.

If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately and self-isolate.

  • You must quarantine if you have been identified by the Department of Health as a primary close contact. People who are determined to be close contacts will be contacted by the department. However, if you think you have been to a public exposure site during a period of concern you should contact the department.
  • The notice can be given verbally (such as over the phone or in person) but will be followed up in writing (such as in a text message).
  • The Department of Health will support people through this process.
  • Close contacts are determined through interviews the Department of Health undertakes with people diagnosed with COVID-19 and with primary close contacts.
  • The Department of Health works with people to determine who they have been in contact with (including while they were infectious or potentially infectious) and determines whether such people are close contacts.

Written notice will provide more information about how long you should quarantine, your obligations and what to do if you develop symptoms. It will also include information about getting tested both early and late in your quarantine.

After your COVID test

Click here for more information on what to do after your COVID test

Contact Us

Location

100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 6000

Email

[email protected]