The first of the new rapid turnaround Covid-19 tests are being rolled out in North Staffordshire tomorrow (Tuesday, November 24).
The new tests, which can provide results in less than an hour, have been introduced to identify people who have the virus but may have no symptoms.
Testing is available for people who are worried that they might have been in contact with an infectious case and include:
- Children and young people and their parents where there has been a case at their school.
- Employees where there has been a case at their business.
- Anyone who has come into contact with someone who appeared to have symptoms of Covid-19.
The testing is taking place at Brown Edge Village Hall in School Bank between 10am and 1.30pm.
Sessions need to be booked in advance through Staffordshire County Council’s online portal, and 100 tests are available at the centre.
Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care in Staffordshire, said: “We’re starting to roll these rapid-turnaround tests out across the county, starting with Brown Edge in the Staffordshire Moorlands tomorrow.
“We want to target those areas that are seeing a high rate of community transmission, and these new tests will give us a better understanding of the spread in the area, and means we can identify and isolate more cases.
“We’re busy recruiting people to help deliver these tests, which will eventually see up to 80,000 people in the county tested every single week. There will be more of these rapid testing sessions to come in the near future, but places must be booked through our online portal.”