Four of WA’s biggest COVID-19 testing clinics are set to shut up shop within weeks, WA Health has revealed.
Public clinics at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Armadale Health Service, St John of God Midland Public Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital are all scheduled to close on July 15.
Health authorities say the decision to shutter the clinics was made due to falling demand for PCR testing and the number of COVID-19 cases in the community continuing to drop.
“The closures will allow nurses and other staff working at these clinics to return to their usual roles,” a statement on the Healthy WA Facebook page read.
It said where a public COVID-19 clinic has closed, free PCR testing would still be available from another testing facility in the area.
In the early days of the pandemic in WA, hundreds of people would line up for hours outside the public clinics — sometimes in sweltering heat — to get tested.
But with the introduction of rapid antigen tests and with the peak of the current Omicron wave passed, demand for PCR testing has waned.
A total of 6990 PCR tests were conducted at either State-run or private pathology clinics on Thursday.
WA hit a pandemic high of 17,105 daily cases on May 19, with infections steadily falling since then.
WA’s daily COVID cases dipped to 4749 on Friday, down from 5351 on Thursday.
It brings WA’s active caseload to 28,448.
The number of people in hospital dropped to 239 patients, with eight in intensive care.
Friday’s COVID case figures include one death, a man in his 80s, dating back to 17 June. His death him brings the pandemic death toll to 364.
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