Infected Victorians are waiting up to nine days to get their COVID-19 test results back with the delays hurting the staffing of local businesses and further risking the spread of the virus. Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews needed to explain why tests were being delayed after the state recorded another 532 cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths.
“In New South Wales, where they have been doing 10,000-plus tests a day and up to 30,000 on occasion a day, the average wait for test results, I am reliably told, is 24 hours,”
Mr Clennell said. “Daniel Andrews needs to explain why it takes nine days to get a rest result back in regional Victoria and one day in regional New South Wales.
“We know the army has gone in in last couple of days, after an initial reluctance to accommodate them by the Andrews government, to help with contact tracing but the question is, is it too late?”
A small business owner in the town of Colac wrote to local state MP Richard Riordan speaking of their experience with COVID-19 tests in the area.
“I am the owner of a small business of 5 workers in Colac," the email read. “The week when the outbreak first hit, our worker and myself both showed no symptoms.
“We thought we would do the right thing by everyone, due to our exposure to a vast number of people in the community and we got tested.
“To eliminate ourselves as potential carriers, we tested straight away on Saturday the 18th July. "We tested at different times during that day.
“We are still waiting on our results 9 days later. . . I have heard of numerous cases like ourselves.”