ALMOST 150 people were tested for COVID-19 as the Western NSW Local Health District established its first mobile screening clinic in Oberon last Thursday.
The mobile clinics are designed to boost screening and testing rates within the LHD, targeting rural and remote communities where testing is not as readily available as in the bigger centres.
Oberon was selected as the site for the first clinic because it is one of the eastern-most towns in the health district, making it a popular destination for Sydney visitors.
A spokesperson for the LHD said all Oberon tests returned negative results.
"The service is a drive-through model with participants remaining in their car whilst a registered nurse collects a throat and nasal swab," the spokesperson said.
"The swabs are sent to the laboratory for testing and results are available in two to four days, depending on the location of the town.
"The Oberon community fully supported the service with 147 people tested on the day."
WNSW LHD thanked Oberon mayor Kathy Sajowitz, Oberon Council health service manager Alexandra Woods and Sarah Martin for for their assistance on the day.
Last Thursday's clinic boosted the total number of COVID-19 tests in the Oberon LGA to 253 since the start of the pandemic.
Pay it forward
FOREVER Bouquets owner Melissa Pike said the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic had set unprecedented demands on the flower industry.
"It meant a shortage of flowers nationwide, it meant price rises for any locally Australian grown flowers as well as the ceasing if imported flowers," Ms Pike said.
"Its been a stressful time for all of us over the the last three months.
"But Oberon is a generous town. I've been entrusted with a donation to distribute how I feel to rebuild the spirit of our town in general.
"Over the next few weeks, I will have 10 posies to gift to deserving members of the community who show true spirit and selflessness.
"I will match this generosity and give away another 10 posies."