Almost 300 people stood in line for hours at the Mt Barker testing site last Wednesday while those attending on Thursday were forced to wait in pouring rain and freezing wind.

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The State Government has been called on to change how the Covid-19 testing clinic in Mt Barker operates and to better protect people waiting in line from the weather.
Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie wants a drive through site, a booking system or, at the very least, more shelter after people were forced to wait for hours in freezing conditions and driving rain last week to get a test.
“The weather has been horrendous and many people have been caring for elderly parents or relatives who needed to get tested,” she said.
“I don’t want a person in their 90s with no chair standing in the rain holding an umbrella for hours.”