Rapid mass testing centre opens at Newark Sports and Fitness Centre today for those not displaying coronavirus symptoms
A rapid mass testing centre opens in Newark today in the latest bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The site, at Newark Sports and Fitness Centre, aims to catch those who have the virus but are displaying no symptoms.
Around one in three people infected with covid-19 show no symptoms and so could potentially spread the disease without knowing it.
The site, which has been set up in just seven days, gives anyone the opportunity to get tested.
The test takes only a few seconds and within 40 minutes the result is delivered directly to a smartphone, if you have one.
It is particularly aimed to help working aged-residents who have to travel to an essential place of work.
“It’s essential we identify potential carriers of covid-19 more quickly, before it is spread out into our wider community. We are urging any resident or worker in Newark to help us uncover covid-19 to help stop the spread," said David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council.
“The quick and simple test could help save lives. It really is that important.
"Even if you feel completely well and believe you have not come into contact with anyone, you could still be carrying covid-19 which could be spread to others. One simple test could prevent a number of people in our community becoming extremely unwell."
The Newark site has opened along with one at the Lammas Leisure Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield, taking the total number of asymptomatic testing sites in Nottinghamshire to seven.
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said the lateral flow tests were a valuable addition to the fight against coronavirus.
"Getting tested regularly will help stop the spread by identifying cases earlier,” he said.
“We are finding that rates in some parts of the county are reducing more slowly than elsewhere in the country. Over the last week or so, rates in Newark and Sherwood have increased slightly.
"The availability of this asymptomatic community testing site will be a useful additional tool for local people to stop the spread, alongside the all-important lockdown and hands, face, space rules, which remain essential for everyone to follow.”
No appointments are necessary at the testing site. When you arrive you will be asked to register.
Anyone who has to leave home to work is encouraged to get a test regularly. The recommendation is to get tested twice a week.
For anyone showing symptoms, then the advice remains unchanged — self-isolate, ring 119 and book a test at a walk through test centre such as the one at Castle House in Newark.
The district douncil will be offering local businesses and employers support materials to encourage their workers to come down and play their part by getting a test.
The new test centre opens today at the sports centre, on Lord Hawke Way, off Bowbridge Road.
It is open Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturdays, 8.30am to 1.30pm, to anyone who has no symptoms of covid-19 and who hasn’t had a positive test in the last 90 days.
Under-16s can be tested but must be accompanied by an adult.
More information is available at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/coronavirus/