Ballarat to keep on top of COVID testing with free RATs

January 25, 2023 6:55 am in by
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While official COVID numbers continue to fall around the state, one area of the Ballarat region may want to take advantage of a new state government initiative.

Victoria’s total cases dropped more than 37% last week, however the Hepburn Shire has officially recorded the highest case numbers per person in the state for the period.

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It comes as the Andrews Labor Government confirms all Victorians now have access to free Rapid Antigen Tests through their local council.

Eligibility requirements to secure the tests have been stripped, with every member of a household allowed two packets per visit, and four for those with a disability.

RATs remain important as the primary tool for early detection of COVID-19 and to enable timely clinical care, including access to antivirals for those eligible.

Ballarat City Council has confirmed the free tests will be handed out at Sebastopol Library until June 2023.