Ballarat's Rapid Response Testing Team was deployed to Nhill on Thursday morning to help test truck drivers crossing the state border.
Reacting to the coronavirus outbreak in South Australia, the team will undertake COVID-19 testing at two sites on the South Australian border - Ballarat's RRTT will establish a testing site at Nhill Trailer Exchange on the Western Highway, and at Edenhope, according to a Ballarat Health Services media release.
Voluntary asymptomatic testing will be available to interstate truck drivers at this site from Thursday, as part of the state's ongoing monitoring of the South Australian COVID-19 situation.
The RRTT is being supported by local health services and councils in both locations.
Victoria will close its border with South Australia for 48 hours from Thursday night, after fragments of COVID-19 were detected in wastewater along freight corridors.
A permit system is expected to come into effect from Sunday.
BHS chief executive Dale Fraser said in a statement the outbreak was a reminder to the community to stay vigilant, and get a test if they have even the mildest symptoms.
"Our community has collectively worked so hard to be free of COVID-19, however we have witnessed some complacency that is concerning given that we know how easily the virus can be transmitted," he said.
"The situation in Adelaide is a reminder that we should all be on our guard and following the COVID-19 restrictions like mask wearing and physical distancing for the safety of our community.
"Ballarat Health Services has plans in place to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission and respond to any outbreaks that might happen, but we are asking our community to do their part and continue to behave responsibly to protect themselves, their friends and families."
Everyone who feels even the slightest cold or flu-like symptom must assume they have the virus until a test result proves otherwise. Anybody with symptoms or awaiting a result should self-isolate at home.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, make an appointment either online at bchc.org.au or by phone (4311 1571) to take a test at Lucas Community Hub. Tests are by appointment only.
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A drive-through swabbing clinic, for symptomatic and asymptomatic people, has opened at the old Atlantic Hotel on Skipton Street in Redan - people will require a referral from their GP or specialist, but will not require an appointment.
For more information, visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website, or phone the hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice if you are displaying symptoms.
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