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Rapid Community Testing for Covid-19 comes to Ollerton

Posted onPosted on 17th Mar
Rapid Community Testing for Covid-19 comes to Ollerton

A new mobile testing unit will be launching in Ollerton on Thursday, 18 March, to help make it easier for the residents of Newark and Sherwood District to get tested for Covid-19.

Around one in three people infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms at all and could potentially spread the disease without knowing it. As we move out of Lockdown it’s important that regular asymptomatic testing becomes part of our regular weekly routines.

The unit will be open between 10am and 5.30pm every Monday and Thursday from 18 March for local residents to get an asymptomatic Covid-19 test.

The new mobile sites give anyone the opportunity to get tested. The test only takes a few seconds and within 40 minutes the result is delivered directly to your smartphone if you have one. The test is designed to identify anyone who may have the virus and who may be, unwittingly, putting their colleagues, households or support bubbles at risk.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “By giving access to communities without testing sites, the new mobile unit will help towards a smooth transition out of Lockdown for all of our communities.

“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 new mobile testing facility, alongside our existing Community testing sites are there for anyone. The infection control measures in place ensure everyone’s safety. Staff wear PPE, there are regularly cleaning systems in place and all staff are tested daily. So getting a test is no more risky than popping down to the shops.”

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council added: “Community testing is a useful tool in enabling us to identify people who have Covid-19, but who are without symptoms, so that information and support can be provided to help them isolate. These additional mobile testing units will make testing available to even more people. Regular testing will help to reduce the spread of infection. I am pleased with the numbers of people who do not have symptoms and are coming forward for testing. Many of them have said that they know it is the right thing to do for their community. I want to acknowledge that and thank them.

“We have eight testing sites across the county, and with these new mobile testing units, we will be able to offer this facility to even more people who have to leave home for work. These tests are quick, with results available in around 30 minutes. As we look towards the future with the easing of restrictions over the weeks and months ahead, it is important for people to develop the habit of getting a test regularly and making testing part of their weekly routine.

“It is still important to remember that people who test negative should continue to follow every aspect of the lockdown and Hands, Face, Space rules.”

The new mobile test centre opens on Thursday 18 March at the Forest Road Car Park in Ollerton. It is open Monday and Thursday from 10:00am to 5:30pm 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.

The mobile test centre will also be in Cotgrave on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting 20 March. Further locations across the County and Nottingham City will be announced soon.

Find out more by visiting our website and the Nottinghamshire County Council website