Push for high COVID test numbers continues

As greater Sydney deals with an extended lockdown, high rates of testing are critical in detecting transmission to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The community is being reminded that there are different COVID-19 testing clinics around the Penrith Local Government Area to get tested easily.

The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) operates several COVID-19 testing clinics in the region, including the drive-through clinic at the Regatta Centre which is open 9am to 4pm, seven days a week.

The walk-in clinic at Nepean Hospital also operates every day between 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

NBMLHD Director of Public Health, Dr Victor Carey said it is vital for residents to be following the rules.

“At this time, it’s incredibly important that everyone follows the Public Health Orders by staying home unless absolutely necessary,” Dr Carey said.

“People who don’t know they’re infected may be out in the community unknowingly spreading the virus.”

Dr Carey said people should be getting tested early to protect anyone they may potentially come in contact with.

“It is critical that people get tested for even the mildest of cold and flu symptoms and isolate until receiving a negative result,” he said.

“Don’t delay getting a test as you could unknowingly infect those closest to you, in your household, at work and elsewhere.”

In addition to the health district run clinics, the Penrith Douglas Hanly Moir Pathology drive-through clinic near Mulgoa and Union Road is now operating all week and on weekends from 8am to 6pm.

The Kingswood Clinical Labs Pathology drive-through clinic on Bringelly Road is another location for tests, open 8am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday.

To have a set appointment time, Penrith Respiratory Clinic on Wolseley Street, Jamisontown takes bookings for Monday to Friday between 9am to 1pm.

Cranebrook Koolyangarra drive-through clinic is available for tests on Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm.

For those that need longer hours, Penrith Laverty Pathology drive-through clinic on Doonmore Street is open seven days, from 8am to 8pm.

St Marys Laverty Pathology drive-through clinic on Forrester Road is also open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week.

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NRL admits crucial decisions were wrong

The NRL has admitted The Bunker got it wrong when it awarded Warriors winger David Fusitu’a a try in the 42nd minute of yesterday’s clash with Penrith in Auckland.

Replays showed Fusitu’a had put his hand into touch before grounding the ball over the line, but The Bunker awarded the try and handed the Warriors a 16-6 lead. Penrith fought back to win 19-18.

“That was an error. In some ways… not an understandable error, but you can see why that was missed in the first instance,” NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley said.

Annesley said there was enough evidence available to rule no-try.

Annesley also confirmed that Jarome Luai should not have been sent to the sin-bin for an incident involving Roger Tuivasa-Sheck early in the second half.

“Given that it’s not a try-scoring situation it should not have been considered a professional foul that resulted in the sin-bin,” he said.

Annesley did not indicate if the officials would suffer any penalty as a result of the embarrassing decisions.

“There’s no real answer I can give you about why they are missed,” he said of the Bunker’s mistakes.

Annesley also confirmed that Penrith’s Liam Martin returned from the sin bin too early due to “human error”, with the matter under investigation.