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Health alert: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We are looking for Winter Warriors to help our health service better prepare for influxes of respiratory viruses

27 April 2022

Metro South Public Health Unit is embarking on the Winter Respiratory Viruses Sentinel Surveillance Program and are looking for volunteers (staff and community) to take part for up to 12-weeks to help enhance individual and community health. It’s free to join and easy to do – simply provide a self-tested nasal swab and deposit in a collection box at your workplace. For staff who work in a hospital, you can drop-it off at your Central Specimen Collection Centre.

It’s expected that COVID-19 case numbers will change over the coming months, and influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections may increase. With this in mind, the program will help us track respiratory viruses circulating in the community as we move into and during winter. Monitoring these trends early will help us predict when another wave of COVID-19 may occur and better understand how much influenza and RSV is spreading in the community. This data can help our healthcare facilities better prepare for an increased demand for services, while keeping our community safe.

Registration is open now

Staff, their families and community groups who work in the Metro South Region and are aged 18 years and over who have not tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 13 weeks, can volunteer to participate. Once registered, the Public Health unit will provide participants with a testing pack and further instructions.

Register here

Testing will commence a week after registration.

Questions? Reach out to the program organisers on 07 3156 4000 or email

For more information, including frequently asked questions, refer to the Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 521.58 KB)

Last updated 27 April 2022
Last reviewed 27 April 2022

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