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Picture of wellness captured in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

18 June 2020

The two-week COVID-19 testing blitz on people not showing symptoms across Western Australia has ended with no positive cases detected.

People in the community

The opportunity for people from identified groups to be tested for COVID-19 produced further evidence that there are no undetected cases COVID-19 in the community.

Between Thursday May 28 and Wednesday June 10, 2020, healthcare workers, WA Police staff, school staff, meat workers, and retail, hospitality, transport and tourism industry employees not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 were invited to undergo a swab test for the virus.

As part of the program 18,409 people stepped forward for testing and all tested negative.

Testing was offered at more than 100 clinics, drive-through facilities, and pop-up clinics across the State, and on-site testing was facilitated at nearly 200 businesses.

The asymptomatic testing has been an outstanding success thanks to the 18,409 workers who took time out to undergo swab testing and help to get a better understanding of whether any COVID-19 was present, but undetected, in our community.

The program was a major co-ordinated effort by public and private pathology providers PathWest, Australian Clinical Labs, Clinipath, and Western Diagnostic Pathology, to offer as many opportunities as possible within the two-week window.