A NEW local company has vowed to keep Tamworth safe by supplying business owners with rapid antigen tests, as the state moves towards COVID normal.
New England Antigen Testing (NEAT) hopes to alleviate the challenge of creating COVID safe workplaces and events by supplying local businesses with rapid antigen tests.
Co-founder of NEAT, Joey Sullivan, said the goal of the business was to assist local businesses in anyway they could.
"We got together after seeing the struggles businesses have gone through with COVID," he said.
As a registered paramedic and nurse with over 12 years' experience in health care, Ms Sullivan said she knew first hand how important it was to be prepared for the unexpected.
"We wanted to set something up to provide another tool that could be used to assist businesses in providing their COVID safe plan for their employees and customers," she said.
As NSW takes steps towards COVID normal Ms Sullivan said having a COVID safe plan in place was more important than ever.
"People are going to continue to get COVID," she said.
"Businesses are going to realise that they're going to need COVID safe plans."
But NEAT's top priority is to make this process as easy as possible.
The rapid antigen tests provide results within 15 minutes and can detect infections in those even without symptoms.
"It provides 97.8 per cent accuracy," she said.
Ms Sullivan was confident this quick and effective response would be extremely beneficial to local businesses.
"The possible detection of COVID-19 in people without symptoms can help decrease community transmission, prevent outbreaks and ensure the continuity of your organisation," she said.
Ms Sullivan said NEAT would provide training to business owners about how to administer the tests, which would also be supervised remotely. The personalised NEAT app would then store all tests and alert the tester of their results via SMS.
"If positive, the message will also pass on all instructions about what to do next," she said.
Ms Sullivan said they looked forward to working with local businesses to ensure Tamworth would remain safe and open.
"We have secured our supply and are ready to partner with businesses," she said.
The intention was for council contractors travelling into Tamworth from out of the area to also get tested.
Council planned to extend the program across other critical service delivery areas over the coming months.
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