News Selected private pathology laboratories are said to be prepared to collect specimens of the coronavirus. (Image: CDC) The updated testing advice from health authorities in Queensland and NSW comes after an eight-year-old boy was confirmed as the 13th confirmed case in Australia. Efforts to boost testing have increased recently, with NSW Health announcing last week it would begin screening patients with milder symptoms, while Western Australia has stopped reporting the number of suspected cases due to shifting parameters on what constitutes a suspected case. Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in Queensland also announced recently that a number of private pathology services are equipped and prepared to collect samples. Meanwhile, NSW Health first updated and then removed information for GPs that stated ‘testing of specimens for 2019-nCoV is now available through private pathology providers’. newsGP contacted NSW Health for clarification and was told the advice, which had been live for […]