States set to formalize positive rapid test results
To reduce stress on PCR tests, Victoria and Queensland are setting up systems for people to record their positive rapid antigen test results.
With Australia’s COVID-19 testing crisis not in sight, states are beginning to take responsibility for helping ease the pressure on PCR testing systems.
Victoria and Queensland have taken steps to formalize positive results from rapid antigenic tests.
In what the Victorian government is calling “the biggest change to the COVID-19 testing system since the start of the pandemic,” starting at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, people who test positive for a rapid antigen test will be considered as probable cases.
It will be mandatory for people to report the positive result promptly to the Ministry of Health via an online form or by phone, which will help ensure that “people can access the care and information they need, including monitoring for worsening symptoms and financial support for isolation ‘.
Victorians who test positive for rapid antigen will be subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test, meaning they must immediately self-isolate for seven days and notify close contacts.
This decision is designed to help reserve PCR testing for confirmation of clinical diagnoses in vulnerable environments and critical workforce testing, while reducing wait times for testing and allowing greater access. fast to clinical care.
“Rapid antigen testing will be the way for most Victorians to confirm they have COVID-19,” Victoria Minister of Health Martin Foley said. “They are very specific among contacts and people with symptoms, and there will be no queuing for hours or waiting days for a result.”
In Queensland, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state was working on a system for people to report positive results of rapid antigen tests.
“We always want to know someone is positive, but that shouldn’t have to come in for a PCR test, stand in line for hours and wait days for a result,” she said.
“We are currently working on a system where we hope people can tell us very easily that they got a positive rapid antigen test so that we can put them into a system, where we know numbers that will help us to. model and understand the growth of the virus in the community.
Minister D’Ath wants a similar system to be put in place at the national level.
“It was a discussion with the ministers of health [Wednesday] morning, she said. “I know they are looking at this at the national level, I would like a national level to be put in place.”
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