AN expansion of the drive-through coronavirus clinic in Wodonga is being considered as the parameters for testing change.
Albury Wodonga Health pandemic chief Sally Squire said the screening rate in Wodonga may rise and the clinic expanded, given the federal government move to change the parameters for who is deemed suitable for testing.
"Scaling up our ability to operationalise the drive-through clinic that we already have is certainly something we're considering," Mrs Squire said.
"As the criteria (for testing) changes and broadens we often will see that we may be swabbing more people or more people may meet that criteria."
Mrs Squire said now everyone should act seriously to cocoon.
"This is not the time to be complacent, this is the time now for us to really put our foot on the accelerator and say 'this is our commitment to each other as a community - I need to stay home'," she said.
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New rules that see hospital visitors questioned about their health have been introduced and a strict hour-long maximum will apply.
Northeast Health Wangaratta has erected a health pre-screening tent outside its emergency department.
"Pre-screening will apply to everyone who presents to our Emergency Department to determine whether they have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) before entering the building," the hospital's interim chief executive Tim Griffiths said.
Wagga and Griffith hospitals have announced the capacity of their intensive care units have doubled.
Ms Squire said there was likely to be a similar boost at Albury hospital.
"It is certainly our plan that we would be able to manage patients in an intensive care unit here at Albury Wodonga Health," she said when asked if COVID-19 sufferers may be moved to larger centres.
Ms Squire said she would be announcing on Wednesday what the impact of COVID-19 would be on elective surgery patients at Albury Wodonga Health.
Further detail is expected later in the week about intensive care changes necessitated by the coronavirus crisis.
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