The Department of Health and Human Services has expanded testing for coronavirus to anybody who has relevant symptoms.
Am I eligible?
You can now get a free coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you have any one of the symptoms listed below:
- a fever (38c or above)
- night sweats or chills
- chest infection
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
Priority may be given to people who have a higher risk of getting coronavirus. This includes people who have had contact with multiple people in the community, including people who are sleeping rough in the city and essential workers.
What do I need to do?
You have a few options on where to get tested. You can:
- Make an appointment to get tested for coronavirus at cohealth’s respiratory clinic located at the cohealth centre in Laverton. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. It is important that you book an appointment in advance by calling 03 9448 5547 or using the online booking portal (external link).
- Visit one of the cohealth centres listed below.
Testing is available Monday to Friday.
Hours: 9:30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4:30pm.
We would prefer that you make an appointment, however it is not essential.
- Get tested at one of the other coronavirus assessment centres clinics across Victoria. For a list of assessment centre locations, go to the Department of Health and Human Services website.
What happens at the COVID-19 test?
The test usually just involves a swab being taken from the back of your throat and nose. It generally takes less than a minute.
Once the test is complete, the sample is sent to a laboratory and tested to see if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). Either your doctor or the clinic that conducted the test will contact you with your results.
For more information, see the Department of Health and Human Services webpage Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you need free access to an interpreter, phone 13 14 50 and ask them to call us on the contact number for the cohealth location you are trying to contact.