Covid-19 rapid home-testing kits now available from mobile unit in Kirkby
Household rapid Covid-19 testing kits are now available to collect from a mobile testing unit in Kirkby, it has been announced.
Families with primary school, secondary school and college age children – including childcare and support bubbles – are being urged to collect the free home testing kits which are to be used twice-weekly.
The kits can be collected from a mobile unit at Hodgkinson Road Car Park in Kirkby on:
- Thursday, March 25, from 9am to 3pm;
- Friday, March 26, from 9am to 3pm;
- Wednesday, March 31, from 9am to 3pm;
- Thursday, April 1, from 9am to 3pm
Adults can collect up to two boxes each.
Rapid testing is also available through some employers and at the Lammas Leisure Centre in Sutton.
Testing continues to be a vital part of the Government’s roadmap in the ongoing fight to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Secondary school and college students will be tested twice a week, receiving three initial tests at school or college before moving to twice-weekly home testing.
Primary schoolchildren will not be regularly asymptomatically tested due to low levels of transmission between younger children but will still need tests if they have symptoms.
Ashfield District Council leader Jason Zadrozny said: “Community testing is a vital part of the road map out of the pandemic, and the convenience of parents and guardians being able to take tests at home helps in reducing the spread of the virus."
Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said getting tested twice a week will help to identify cases early and break the chain of transmission. “Each positive case identified can help prevent additional people from becoming infected over time,” he said.
“Regular testing will help to find cases that would otherwise have gone undetected. Testing, alongside staying at home, following the Hands, Face, Space rules, getting a test if you have symptoms and self-isolating if your test is positive all remain critical to keep reducing the rate of infection and protect each other.
“I would strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of the testing facilities that are now widely available across the county.”
Residents can order a home test kit via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.