Up to 80,000 people in Staffordshire are set to be tested for coronavirus every week – and they’ll get their results in an hour.
Staffordshire County Council is starting the mass testing this week.
It comes as Staffordshire has a Covid-19 infection rate of 359.3 cases per 100,000 people – higher than the West Midlands and England average.
But the situation is even worse in Newcastle borough where the seven-day infection rate is 427.2.
Now the council is appealing for new recruits to carry out the tests. The pay levels have not been revealed.
Latest figures show there have been 22,956 coronavirus cases in Staffordshire since the start of the global pandemic.
Dr Johnny McMahon, cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said: “These new rapid tests aim to help us reduce the risk of infection by identifying more people with the virus at the earliest opportunity.
“We will need help to deliver these tests across our communities over the coming months and we are asking for people to sign up now if they are interested in a job as a tester.
“Full training will be given and you don’t need any medical experience or qualifications. All we ask is that you are in good general health and enjoy working with people.”
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The latest recruitment drive comes as the NHS wants hundreds of people to help deliver the coronavirus vaccines when they arrive in Staffordshire.
There will be jobs for health and care support workers working at community, ward, care home and vaccination sites; vaccination site administrators; testing and vaccination site stewards; Covid-19 swabbers; contact tracers; and swabbing buddies who will provide support with logistics and administration.