FOUR new community Covid-19 testing sites are to open in Coventry.
They will be in addition to the city centre venue at the Transport Museum and the recently announced centres at the Indian Community Centre in Foleshill and the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre in Wood End.
Between them they will give thousands more people access to the Lateral Flow Tests which are a key weapon in slowing the spread of the virus.
The latest locations are:
The AT7 Centre in Bell Green
The Alan Higgs Centre off Allard Way
The Xcel Centre in Canley
The Hagard Community Centre in Willenhall
They are all due to open by the end of the month and will offer a combined 48 extra testing booths with the capacity of testing over 4,500 people every day.
The Alan Higgs Centre will be the largest, with 24 booths and the capacity for almost 2,000 tests a day.
The announcement comes just days after news of testing centres at Indian Community Centre in Foleshill and Moat House Leisure Centre in Wood End that are set to open on Monday (18 January), as well as the relocation of the city centre site to the Transport Museum.
It means the city will be capable of carrying out over 7,500 tests a day and marks a rapid roll-out of community testing in the city since the first site was opened in mid-December.
Coun George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “We are delighted to be opening these four new centres and we would like to thank our partners at CV Life and at the Hagard Centre for their help and support.
“We have acted swiftly to bring in centres that are convenient to local communities so thousands of people have easy access to these vital tests and can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our city.”
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council, added: “Even if people are symptom-free, they can still be carrying the virus.
“I would urge all our key workers and those in critical roles who cannot work from home to have regular tests and make sure they are keeping their loved ones, colleagues and fellow residents safe.”
Community testing is for anyone who lives or works in Coventry who is not showing symptoms of coronavirus. There is no need to book an appointment.
People are guided through a process to take swabs from inside the nose and the back of the throat. People carry out their own swabs and results are usually back in under an hour.
People arriving will be asked for proof that they live or work in the city and a socially distanced queueing system will be in place.
Anyone with any of the main Covid symptoms should seek a test in the normal way – by dialling 119 or by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
To find out more about testing, coronavirus or local restrictions and support, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus.