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Moree town was ‘under-resourced’ to deal with COVID-19 testing: Moree Mayor

Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries says her town was "under-resourced" to meet the demand of COVID-19 testing in the community following a COVID scare after an infected Victorian woman passed through the town on her way to Queensland.

"We were under-resourced and we didn't have enough tests for Laverty and the big pop up that we set up near the airport we ran out of tests there on the afternoon of Thursday which caused great angst," Ms Humphries told Sky News. 

Ms Humphries said queues became a problem for testing sites such as the local hospital - with some people queuing for "five hours" on Thursday. 

After liaising with local police and council authorities Ms Humphries said she took charge of the "messy" situation diverting traffic and making a few "major improvements" for testing sites.

"Friday was a really successful day for testing and the numbers were good and the traffic flows better."

Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries says her town was “under-resourced” to meet the demand of COVID-19 testing in the community following a COVID scare after an infected Victorian woman passed through the town on her way to Queensland.

“We were under-resourced and we didn’t have enough tests for Laverty and the big pop up that we set up near the airport we ran out of tests there on the afternoon of Thursday which caused great angst,” Ms Humphries told Sky News.

Ms Humphries said queues became a problem for testing sites such as the local hospital – with some people queuing for “five hours” on Thursday.

After liaising with local police and council authorities Ms Humphries said she took charge of the “messy” situation diverting traffic and making a few “major improvements” for testing sites.

“Friday was a really successful day for testing and the numbers were good and the traffic flows better.”

Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries says her town was “under-resourced” to meet the demand of COVID-19 testing in the community following a COVID scare after an infected Victorian woman passed through the town on her way to Queensland.

“We were under-resourced and we didn’t have enough tests for Laverty and the big pop up that we set up near the airport we ran out of tests there on the afternoon of Thursday which caused great angst,” Ms Humphries told Sky News.

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Ms Humphries said queues became a problem for testing sites such as the local hospital – with some people queuing for “five hours” on Thursday.

After liaising with local police and council authorities Ms Humphries said she took charge of the “messy” situation diverting traffic and making a few “major improvements” for testing sites.

“Friday was a really successful day for testing and the numbers were good and the traffic flows better.”

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