Staff and residents in many Extra Care and Supported Living settings across Worcestershire are set to be offered a round of Covid-19 testing.
The testing comes as part of a nationwide Department for Health and Social Care scheme to help understand the rate of infection and to provide information about possible future testing to help protect the most vulnerable.
Testing will be available for Extra Care and Supported Living settings that meet certain criteria, which have been provided by Central Government.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the virus and help us continue to provide safe care to some of the most vulnerable people in the county during these tough times.
“We’re doing all we can to help keep our staff and residents safe and the more we know about the virus, will help us act more effectively going forward.”
All the eligible care settings have been identified by Worcestershire County Council and have now been contacted by the Department for Health and Social Care to order their testing kits.
Once care providers have ordered their testing kits, testing is expected to get underway in the coming weeks.