Supporting everyone to be healthy and live well


Getting a COVID Test

At the moment, it may be difficult for you to get a COVID-19 test, and currently there are significant delays in getting results. This should settle in the coming weeks.

If you cannot access a Rapid Antigen Test, or get to a testing clinic, the most important thing you can do is to stay home and isolate for 7 days.


Who should get tested

  1. If you have no symptoms and you are not considered a household* contact
  • You do not need to get tested.
  • Monitor for symptoms and only get tested if you become unwell or you are a household contact of someone with COVID 19
  1. If you are getting ready for surgery you will be tested when you come to hospital
  • A PCR test 72 hours prior to surgery is no longer required
  1. If you are a close contact or have symptoms of COVID 19
  • Buy a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if you can, and test yourself at home.
    • If your test is positive, you do not need to attend a COVID testing clinic for a PCR test
  • OR attend a COVID testing clinic for a PCR test if you do not have a Rapid Antigen Test
  1. If you do not have symptoms and you are not a contact, and you test positive on a rapid antigen test, we recommend you get a PCR test to confirm that result.

*A household contact is someone who has spent more than four hours with you in a house, accommodation or care facility while you were infectious, which is 2 days before you noticed symptoms or 2 days before you got tested.


What to do if you test positive to COVID-19? 

  1. Immediately isolate for 7 days
  • You must isolate at home or in private accommodation for 7 days from when you test positive. If you’re living with others, isolate away from them as much as possible.
  1. Tell your household contacts and household-like contacts of your result so they can isolate too
  2. Tell you workplace or school and any other known social contacts
  3. Report your Rapid Antigen Test result with the Department of Health online, or by phone
  4. Refer to the Department of Health Website Managing COVID 19 at home

Managing COVID 19 at Home


Most people will have mild to moderate symptoms and will be able to manage at home.

Go to the Department of Health website for up to date information on managing at home

Once your positive PCR or RAT result is registered, you will receive an SMS providing information on how to care for yourself and your isolation end date. You will also receive a survey link and may be contacted by a healthcare worker from a COVID-19 Positive Care Pathways program. They will want to understand the level of care you might need based on your personal preference and circumstances, and by how well or unwell you feel.

As with any illness, even if you’re feeling well or only slightly unwell, it’s important to watch your symptoms and understand when you might need to get help. If you have worsening symptoms:

  • Call Nurse On Call on 1300 606 024 (available 24 hours)
  • Call a GP and ask for a telephone or telehealth appointment
  • Call 000 (having difficulty breathing, chest pain or cannot take care of yourself)
    • Remember to tell them know you have COVID 19


Drive-Through COVID Screening Clinic

Operating Hours:

The COVID-19 Screening Clinic will be open Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 1:30pm*

For those requiring testing for interstate travel purposes during the holiday period, please also visit the Melbourne Airport website, for details regarding their onsite rapid testing clinic and additional travel information.

*Clinic times may vary due to reaching site capacity or extreme heat measures to support the health and safety of our staff. Please keep up to date on our social media channels for any change to the site. During these times, it is important for individuals who are symptomatic to follow public health advice until returning to the site for a test.

Location Details:

Echuca COVID-19 Testing Site Update
From Thursday 20th January at 8am ERH will be operating COVID-19 PCR testing from our new site. Testing times will remain the same- 8am – 1.30pm daily.
Address- Former Echuca South Primary School (entrance via South St, Echuca)

Click here for a list of the most up to date exposure sites across Victoria.

For more information and the latest advice, please visit

COVID-19 Testing Registration

How to register for your COVID-19 Test in advance of your test:

  • Scan the QR Code below or visit the page here.
  • Complete the Registration Form
  • Get a unique registration number (URN) via SMS
  • Present your URN at the testing site