The COVID-19 testing booths in Redditch Library are being removed.
The latest figures show more residents are choosing to take rapid flow tests at home or in one of our participating pharmacies or opticians.
Recently over 1,000 tests were done at a pharmacy or opticians and the number of home testing kits collected from libraries far outweighs the number of those being tested in libraries. This shows that testing at home is now far more popular.
The last tests will be available at the library on Friday 30 July, but the library will still be used as a collection point for home test kits.
For those who prefer to be supervised, while taking their test, several pharmacies are offering supervised onsite tests in the local area.
To find the nearest pharmacy and to book a test, residents can use the Central Health booking link.
One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are unaware they could be spreading the virus. Regular rapid flow testing is a quick and easy way to find out if you have the virus and need to self-isolate.
Early detection means you can self-isolate and prevent the spread. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is still important to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our library service for all they have done during this challenging time. It once again reinforces their valuable role as community hubs, an important resource for us all.
“It is great news that so many people across the county are twice weekly testing at home using a self-testing kit and making this a part of their everyday routine. Regular rapid testing is an important tool in keeping everyone safe as restrictions ease and they are a hugely important part of a range of steps necessary to help us get back to where we want to be.”
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire, added: “We are very grateful to our residents and businesses who have regularly been using rapid flow testing to help keep everyone safe.
“For many people it is convenient to collect a box of tests and do them at home and our libraries and pharmacies are playing a vital role in providing these test kits.
"Alongside vaccination, testing is an important measure to tackle the spread of the virus.”
Regular rapid flow 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 standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test on the Get a Coronavirus webpage
Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities, said: “It has been a pleasure to support the COVID-19 efforts by providing space for testing within Redditch Library and we continue this support by being a collection point for home testing kits.
“Libraries are a great community asset and we have been delighted to see people returning whether it is to use our library services or collect a test kit.”
To find out more about regular rapid testing visit the County Council's Community Testing webpage