17 July 2020

Canberrans in Garran and surrounds are being warned to disregard information in a flyer they may have received, entitled Important COVID-19 health warning.

The ACT Government would like to reassure the community that this letter is not from an official health agency and does not contain endorsed health information.

The COVID-19 Surge Centre, on the Garran Oval, started operating as a dedicated testing facility from Saturday 11 July 2020.

The Centre was designed to the highest standards of infection control and safety for staff, patients and the community.  The ACT Government partnered with Aspen Medical who are leaders in the provision of emergency response medical facilities, and the Government sought world leading advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) in the design of the facility.

To provide additional assurance, engineering consultants AECOM were engaged to independently review the design and engineering systems to provide assurance that the facility is best practice in health care and infection prevention and control.

The facility has a sophisticated heating and cooling system that filters the air before it leaves the building.  A fence will remain around the facility to provide patient and staff privacy, and safety for the community.

The safety of the ACT community is at the heart of our decision making as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, and that the safety of the school community and broader Garran community are of utmost importance and have been front of mind in all of the Government’s planning.

Please seek medical attention if you feel unwell and develop any symptoms of COVID-19.

Get tested for COVID-19 if you have:

  • a fever of 37.5 degrees or higher (or recent history of fever such as chills or night sweats)
  • and/or a respiratory infection, such as shortness of breath, cough or sore throat.

If you have other symptoms, you may be eligible for testing after you see a health professional.