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Coronavirus testing will be available at up to five South Australian pharmacies during a two-week trial. Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade says the pilot program will capitalise on the trust pharmacists have within the community to improve access to COVID-19 testing. “People often present to a pharmacy with mild cold or flu-like symptoms to seek advice from their pharmacist or to obtain treatment for symptom relief, and these are the very people we want to get a COVID-19 test,” he said in a statement on Sunday. “We want to build on our network of more than 60 COVID-19 testing locations in South Australia to make it as easy as possible to get a test.” South Australia’s chief pharmacist Naomi Burgess said a training program had been developed to train pharmacists in swab collection. “A number of infection control measures will be put in place, including ensuring pharmacies have enough personal protective equipment, swabs and pathology specimen bags,” she said. Customers must have a smartphone and register with the SA Pathology Personify website to receive their result. The service will not be promoted and pharmacists will identify candidates on a case-by-case basis. Australian Associated Press



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