• Loddon Herald

More RATs coming

The Victorian Government today said it had received the first major delivery of three million Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) from its recent bulk order of 44 million, with distribution to key workforces to commence from tomorrow.

The announcement came as today's Government figures said there had been one new case in the Loddon Shire reported and 51 active cases.

The Government said:

Workers in sensitive settings and essential workforces will be prioritised to receive the RATs as part of the initial rollout. This includes essential workers in our health system, emergency services, and disability and aged care services.

Prioritising health care workers will help key staff return to work, and further protect the people in their care through regular screening.

Victorians who may have pre-existing conditions that make them susceptible to severe illness will also be prioritised – ensuring diagnosis and care can be provided as quickly as possible.

In addition, more than 60 grassroots community and multi-faith organisations are also distributing free RATs to many Victorians in need as part of their existing care and support programs.

More than 400,000 RATs were distributed at more than 60 Victorian PCR testing centres last week.

The number of free RATs distributed via PCR testing sites has increased daily, with 91,000 distributed yesterday compared with 1900 on day one of the program.

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