Published on 8 January 2021
Public Health Warwickshire is urging residents, especially those working on the frontline and within our communities, to use the community testing service.
With cases of Covid-19 continuing to rise across the county, Public Health Warwickshire are urging residents, especially those working on the front line and within our communities to ensure that they take advantage of the community testing service available for those without symptoms of Covid-19.
There are now five test centres located across Warwickshire in Bedworth, Nuneaton, Rugby, Leamington and Water Orton. A sixth centre will be opening in Stratford next Tuesday on the 12 January.
Each centre is set up to undertake around 2,000+ tests per week and uses lateral flow testing. Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test a higher proportion of people without symptoms of Covid-19, better enabling us to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.?
Please note, only people without Covid-19 symptoms should book a test. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, that is a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change to their sense of taste or smell - must self-isolate and book a test via?https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test?or by calling 119 as usual.?
If you are working in one of the following groups and do not currently have access to testing, we would encourage you to visit any one of our test centres on a weekly basis:?
Director of Public Health for Warwickshire, Dr Shade Agboola said: "Our lateral flow testing centres have proved very popular over the Christmas and New Year period, with over 14,000 tests carried out in the last week of December.
"However, in light of the national lockdown, which means where possible people should be working from home and limiting their trips outside, we are now urging frontline workers, for example; workers who cannot work from home and have physical contact with other people as part of their job, to come forward and get tested.
"By encouraging frontline workers to use the service on a weekly basis, we are hoping to help to provide them with some reassurance or give them an early indication if they have contracted the virus before they develop symptoms. Those who do test positive will need to immediately self-isolate and have the result confirmed with a follow-up PCR test."
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford District Council says: "The test centre represents a major step forward in local efforts to tackle Covid-19. The more we can do to break the chain of transmission then the sooner we will see our metrics improve and the prospect of a return to some kind of normality get closer. I urge people working in the community or anywhere they are in contact with many people to take full advantage of the new service in Stratford-upon-Avon."
Tests for those without symptoms of Covid-19 are available for booking?between 8.15am and 8pm, Monday to Friday and?10.15am to 4pm?on Saturday and Sunday. The service uses the fast turnaround lateral flow test kits, which can deliver results in around an hour.?Tests can be booked here:?https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covidcommunitytesting
For more information or for details on the steps you need to take before attending your test, please visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covidcommunitytesting
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575