Release date: 17/06/2022

The Victoria Park Pakapakanthi drive-through COVID-19 testing site will move to a new city location, with the current SA Pathology testing site to make way for the return of the Adelaide 500.

More than 550,000 swabs have been performed by staff at the Victoria Park testing site since opening in the CBD almost two years ago.

From July 1, it will deliver testing at its new location at Edwards Park (Park 23) on Anzac Highway.

The Victoria Park testing site will close at 9am on July 1 and the Edwards Park site will open that day at 9am.

The COVID-19 collection site will retain the same staff and will offer the same capacity with the option of expanding to Park 22 if required.

The Edwards Park (Park 23) COVID-19 drive-through testing site will be open from 9am to 10.30pm, reflecting the times of most demand for the service.

In recent weeks the number of people seeking testing at the Victoria Park site overnight has declined, with an average of 19 people being swabbed between midnight and 6am.

Meanwhile, from 12.01am tomorrow morning (Saturday 18 June, 2022) masks will no longer be required to be worn at Adelaide Airport.

South Australia is following the recommendations of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and removing the mandate on mask wearing at airports.

As per AHPPC advice masks will continue to be strongly recommended in airport terminals and will be required on board aircraft.

A full list of COVID-19 clinics and testing centres can be found here.


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Attributable to Chris Picton

The Victoria Park Pakapakanthi COVID-19 drive-through testing site has been pivotal in South Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This site has played a major role in the response to the pandemic, helping SA Pathology to deliver close to four million COVID-19 PCR tests in South Australia.

This new site at Edwards Park will ensure we continue to provide this important testing in a central, accessible location.

I want to thank every South Australian who has come forward to get tested for helping to keep our community safe, and encourage everyone to keep getting tested, even if they have the mildest of symptoms.

SA Pathology staff have worked incredibly hard in responding to the pandemic over the past few years, and I would like to thank every staff member, both on the frontline and behind the scenes for their continued hard work.