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Augusta Margaret River Times

The WA Country Health Service has moved to reassure residents local hospitals will be ready for a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Although specific details of readiness were not provided, chief operating officer Margaret Denton said 740 tests had occurred in the South West so far.

“More than ever, WACHS wants to reiterate our commitment to ensuring ongoing access to the protective items our staff need to do their job safely,” she said.

“The strengthening of bed and staff capacity at all public hospitals is also well under way.

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“Our doctors, nurses, broader clinical workforce and support services are here for you, your family and your loved ones.

“We need to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“That means staying at home as much as possible and adhering to social distancing measures.”

Increased testing would come into effect this week, Ms Denton said.

Residents can get tested at local hospitals, including the Bunbury COVID-19 clinic.

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