Site chosen for Mandurah COVID clinic

A site has been chosen for Mandurah's soon to be established COVID clinic, which could be launched within the coming week.

While the location of the clinic is yet to be formally announced, local MP David Templeman said the state government had identified a preferred site that would fit the necessary requirements.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook announced yesterday that a clinic would open in the Peel region likely within the next week, while Mr Templeman said the facility would be launched "as soon as practically possible" after requesting operations be fast-tracked.

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"We are working diligently to ensure this COVID clinic is available to those in need within Mandurah and the Peel region," he said.

"I'm very pleased we will have a clinic here - it's extremely important given our demographic, particularly with the amount of elderly people that currently live in our city."

Mandurah MP David Templeman has requested the establishment of Mandurah's COVID clinic be fast-tracked. Photo: File image.

Mandurah MP David Templeman has requested the establishment of Mandurah's COVID clinic be fast-tracked. Photo: File image.

Mr Templeman stressed the clinic would not be for anyone simply experiencing flu symptoms, and urged the public to inform themselves of when it would be necessary to attend.

"There's obviously requirements and very strict boundaries as to who can, and more importantly who needs to access a COVID clinic," he said.

"You don't go in simply because you have the flu, so I am calling on all Mandurah residents to be as informed as possible."

According to the Department of Health website, people should only attend a clinic should they be experiencing a high fever or respiratory symptoms, have travelled overseas in the last 14 days or have had close contact with a confirmed case of the virus.

Eight COVID clinics have already been established across the state, including seven in the Perth metropolitan area and one in Bunbury.

A broader rollout of regional clinics is expected within the coming days and weeks.

Mr Templeman stressed the importance of abiding by social distancing guidelines, specifically urging young people to take this coronavirus threat seriously.

"I'm still seeing groups of younger people clustering in public, gathering in numbers at a time where that is extremely dangerous for our community," he said.

"Young people need to step up - this is a serious threat, and it needs to be taken as such.

"I'm calling upon them, and indeed all of our residents, to stay in their homes should be absolutely one hundred per cent necessary that they leave."

For more information on COVID clinics, visit healthywa.wa.gov.au