Published: Monday, 4 January 2021
Community testing for Covid 19 is getting underway in Leicestershire, with Wigston Fields being the first area to take part.
From Thursday (7 January), people living in Wigston Fields are invited to book a new-style, rapid test by booking online at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/covidtest
One in three people who have coronavirus show no symptoms, and lateral flow testing – led by Leicestershire County Council’s Public Health team - can help quickly identify those individuals and stop the spread of infection.
The council is now calling on residents to come forward and sign up for the tests, as the more people who take part, the greater the impact will be in reducing the spread.
Council leader, Nick Rushton, said: “We remain at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus.
“As one of the first in the country to localise test and trace - we have the expertise to make this work. When and where we need the community testing most, we’re ready to roll. If we come to your area, coming down for a test will help protect your community, so I’d urge everyone to take a lateral flow test if they can.”
To be eligible for the test, you must live in the ward where testing is taking place (there is a postcode checker on the website A website and booking system) be ‘asymptomatic’ (i.e. have no symptoms of the virus) and not be self- isolating at the time.
Find out more and book a test at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/covidtest
Testing will be rolled out in communities with the highest rates and are likely to be offered in local community centres or leisure centres. People must book a slot online on the county council’s website. Initially the testing will target the areas with persistently high rates of Covid.
Starting in the Freer Centre in the Wigston Fields ward, it will roll out across other areas where rates continue to remain high.
The lateral flow tests should take no longer than 40 minutes including registration – and you can leave the site straight you have taken your swab. Results will be sent out by text or email by the end of that day.
Those who provide a positive test will be asked to self-isolate and book an NHS test immediately via nhs.uk; or call 119. This will help to confirm the initial test result.
The council’s future programme of lateral flow testing will be focused on other areas with persistently high Covid rates. Residents are asked to check for updates on social media, the county council website and local media to find out which area is next.
Leicestershire residents are advised that if they have covid symptoms, they still need to book themselves an NHS test at nhs.uk or by calling 119, and must isolate immediately.