States are working to establish rapid test notification systems

“The real issue is people are connected to care… I want to make sure that if someone has COVID, they are connected to the care and support available.”

Rapid tests will also begin to be used in testing centers, although Mr Morrison expects PCR testing to still be dominant for some time.

“Considering the supply issues over the next two weeks, this is what I would expect in the majority of cases. But that gives states a few weeks to put this other system in place, ”he said.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said positive results of rapid tests in the state should be reported to the department online or by phone so people can access the care and information they need, including including financial support while being isolated. They would be treated as “probable cases” and would have to isolate and notify contacts of their positive result.

However, until the supply of rapid tests increases, Victorians with symptoms of COVID-19 or asymptomatic family contacts of confirmed cases could still take a PCR test.

Mr Foley said rapid tests would be the means by which most people confirmed they had caught the virus.

“They are very specific among contacts and people with symptoms, and there will be no queuing for hours or waiting for days for a result,” he said.

A third of all tests reported in the state on Thursday, relating to the previous 24 hours, were positive, he said, and about 40% of positive cases were in young people.

“This level of positive tests that we are seeing in the community – the pathology system as designed cannot keep up.”

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NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant last week said there was no plan in place to record rapid antigen test results, urging people to look for PCR tests to confirm a positive result.

State opposition said on Thursday it was concerned the approach could mean data on NSW cases become increasingly inaccurate, calling for a method of reporting positive home test results.

“We will see a drop in reported cases of COVID transmission in the community over the next few days, but we will see an increase in the number of COVID cases in our community,” Labor leader Chris Minns said. “The government must always know where these cases are occurring so that resources can be deployed. “

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said people can currently notify Queensland Health to record a positive rapid test result, but asked those who are feeling reasonably well “not to run to phone and flood our 134-COVID number “until the department had developed a better reporting process.

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She wants reporting systems to eventually become national to help governments and the medical community better understand the growth and spread of cases.

“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.

“It was a discussion with the health ministers yesterday morning. I know they are looking at this nationally [and] I would like to see a national level set up.

In ACT, people are still recommended to confirm a positive rapid rest result with a PCR result at this time.

But ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the government was working as quickly as possible to put in place a notification process for rapid tests.

There is a process for GPs to notify health authorities of reportable diseases, but Ms Stephen-Smith said it has been put in place for more rare diseases such as measles and it is low. likely that he will be able to cope with the reporting of COVID-19 cases.

With Tammy Mills, Mary Ward and Cloe Read

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