Residents in Evesham will soon be able to get a test for COVID-19 at Evesham Library as regular rapid testing will be available from Tuesday 6 April.
Rapid testing produces results within two hours and can identify cases in people who don't have any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive is then able to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Residents living in and around the Evesham area, over the age of 18, will be able to access a free rapid COVID-19 test at Evesham Library in Oat Street from Tuesday, 6 April. The library will be open for testing between 9.30am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 3.15pm on Saturday.
The Library will also become a collection point for home testing kits.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire said: “It’s great to see Evesham Library offering support to the local community, becoming the next rapid testing site.
"Everyone has been working so hard to get the number of cases of COVID-19 down. Now people in the Evesham area have another choice of where to get a rapid test.
"1 in 3 people with Coronavirus do not have any symptoms. Having one of these tests will help identify if you are one of these people. By self-isolating more quickly you will stop unknowingly passing it on to someone else.
"By doing this we are all helping to protect our family and loved ones, as well as our community.”
It is well established that 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms yet can spread the virus. Therefore, people must access regular rapid testing to protect their families and communities.
It is currently advised that if you need to leave home for work or are a member of a household or childcare bubble you should get a twice-weekly rapid test.
Broadening testing to identify people without symptoms, means finding positive cases quicker and breaking the chains of transmission. To find out more about regular rapid testing visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/communitytesting
Regular rapid COVID-19 testing is only suitable for people without symptoms. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell) please book a test here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
All appointments can be booked using this online booking link https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LateralFlowTesting however, walk-in appointments are possible, but subject to availability.
Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities, said: “We are delighted to be able to support our local community and Evesham Library offers a convenient new location for local people to get a free rapid test.
“Libraries remain open, throughout lockdown, to provide essential IT access for those without computers and internet at home, and to provide a Reserve and Collect service, so this gives people a great opportunity to get tested while visiting the library.”