Albury will have 30,000 Rapid Antigen Tests at its disposal as early as next week to prevent the border's COVID-19 outbreak escalating further.
Late on Wednesday, member for Albury Justin Clancy confirmed the rapid testing kits will be provided by the NSW government and be mainly used in schools which have been the epicentre of the present high caseload.
Also, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has indicated she will visit the border shortly, as Wednesday's new combined case numbers in Albury and Wodonga totalled 80.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration recently gave approval for the COVID-19 rapid tests which can deliver a result in around 15 minutes.
"They will assist our families," Mr Clancy said.
"We've been challenged so much by the wait times over the last couple of weeks.
"I've also been in conversation directly with Dr Kerry Chant, the NSW Chief Health Officer.
"I've spoken to Kerry about the concerns, the challenges, the feeling our community is experiencing at the moment.
"Dr Chant has said she would look to travel to the border to see first hand (what is happening) and I welcome that.
"We look forward to having her on the border very soon."
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley immediately called on the Victorian government to match the NSW move for residents of Wodonga.
"This afternoon I have asked the health minister to match the NSW government's commitment of 30,000 rapid antigen testing kits to get students back in the classroom," he said.
"Today Victoria's COVID commander claimed everything was fine.
"Well he needs to come to the border and see if he can get a test, talk to businesses that have just been told they are an exposure site 11 days after it happened or talk to parents, teachers and students and see if they are happy to be on this merry-go-round.
"If he wants he can jump in the car with me tomorrow afternoon."
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"This is a big breakthrough, and a welcome one," she said.
"But it comes after a significant amount of stress caused for a lot of our community.
"And that's not just the children, but their families and the major flow on impact it's having on local business and services.
"I obviously welcome it as a proactive step by (NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard) and his health team, who have led the way many times in their responses to COVID.
"Hopefully Victoria will now follow suit for our North-East schools.
"We really do need to keep pushing for a concentrated, unified response from the two state governments to help our border community which has too often been the 'meat in the sandwich' during this pandemic."
Indi MP Helen Haines has also been lobbying federal health minister Greg Hunt for action on the border.
She has highlighted the drastic step of the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre converting one of its wards to take COVID patients due to shortcomings with the Albury hospital building in not having any negative pressure rooms.
"Nowhere else in Australia has a specialist cancer hospital had to be used for COVID-19," Dr Haines said.
"This is one of many reasons, but a core reason today, why we need the government to fund a new hospital for Albury Wodonga.
"We need it urgently.
"For years regional health services have cared diligently for those in their communities, but people needing complex or high-level care were transferred to bigger cities.
"But if hospitals now in Melbourne and Sydney are already at capacity, where will our people be cared for?"
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