Coronavirus Update - John Cortese - 1 September 2021 - 3:00pm

Day 13 Testing and Department of Health Clearance

Day 13 testing for the majority of Notre Dame College staff and students commences tomorrow, Thursday, 2 September from 1:00pm until closing time.

Goulburn Valley Health are expecting 4,000 people will need to be tested tomorrow.

Goulburn Valley Health appreciate your cooperation so they can make the testing process tomorrow to run as smooth as possible and keep waiting times to a minimum for everyone.

Please listen to Professor Paul Johnson’s discussion on Day 13 testing from the Online Community Forum  

We have been receiving a number of questions in relation to Day 13 Testing and being cleared from isolation by Department of Health.  We have been following up with Health Officials to ensure we provide you with the correct information.

Who is required to get a Day 13 test?

Only primary close contacts need to be tested on day 13 and NOT the whole household.  For example, only the student(s) or staff member who attended Knight Street campus and NOT other household members.  The exception is when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been to another exposure site.

If the primary close contact returns a negative test result this means they can’t infect a secondary close contact, so the household of secondary close contact members are released.

If the primary closed contact returns a positive test result then the quarantine will start again for the household and all the household members move from being a secondary close contact to a primary close contact.

How will I know if I am released from quarantine?

People will only be released from quarantine through formal notification from the Department of Health.  Multiple SMS messages may be received if there are more than one child or staff member linked to the mobile number. You must wait for this SMS communication before ending your quarantine.

Will I be cleared from quarantine when I receive my Day 13 negative test result?

No.  A negative test result from the pathology service regarding your Day 13 test does not mean your quarantine period has ended.  You must wait for notification from the Department of Health and your quarantine period will end at 11:59pm on Day 14.

What should I do if I don’t receive clearance from the Department of Health?

If clearance is not received within one day of the negative test result being received, please call the Department of Health on 1800 675 398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When can I go to get tested?

Notre Dame College staff and students have been requested to attend any one of the testing sites on Thursday, 2 September from 1:00pm to closing time.  We recommend NOT everyone arrive at 1:00pm for testing as this will create longer wait times and you may be turned away.

If parents/guardians have children at multiple schools, then they can attend at the time allocated to the youngest child.

If you attend prior to the time allocated, you may be turned away.

What if I can’t get tested on Day 13?

If you are unable to attend for Day 13 testing during the time allocated, then please make your way to one of the testing sites as soon as you are able.  If you miss your Day 13 test you can still come forward to be tested on Day 14 but you must not break your quarantine.

Where can I find a testing site?

Details regarding current testing sites and opening times is provided below noting there will be extended hours on Thursday:

  • Shepparton Showgrounds, High Street Shepparton (enter from Archer Street) - Drive through site, open 8:00am - 8:00pm, subject to demand.

  • Mooroopna Recreation Reserve (enter from Midland) - Drive through site, open 8:00am - 8:00pm.

  • Shepparton Sports Precinct, 120 Numurkah Rd, Shepparton (2 lanes at the netball courts and 2 lanes at the back of the soccer fields) - Drive through site open 8:00am - 6:00pm, subject to demand.

  • GV Health Acute Respiratory Clinic, Graham St, Shepparton - Walk up site, open 8:00am - 4:00pm.

  • Harness Racing Track, Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla - Drive through site, open 9:00am - 5:00pm, subject to demand.

Do I need to register again for my COVID Test?

If you have had a COVID test in the last 60 days, please present your existing unique registration number (URN) at the testing site.  This will be found in your SMS history.

If you have NOT had a COVID test in the last 60 days, please complete the registration form at You will then receive a URN which you should present to staff at the testing site.