Free Covid tests have been made available to everyone to help spot new cases quickly as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.Advertisement
Lateral flow tests, which provide results in 30 minutes, are available to residents without symptoms to self-administer at a testing site based in the Guild Hall from Monday (19 April).
Packs of testing kits will also be available to collect for use at home so that households can keep up with regular testing.
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Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive of Preston City Council, said: “Cases are continuing to fall in Preston thanks to everyone’s hard work and sacrifice.
“As our high street begins to reopen and we visit restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and many other businesses which have been closed for so long it is important that new cases are spotted quickly before they can spread.
“Regular testing is vital to quickly identify new cases and prevent outbreaks, especially as one in three people with the virus don’t display symptoms.
“It also gives people the confidence to visit the city centre and Preston’s fantastic businesses and hospitality.
“I would encourage everyone who doesn’t have access to the rapid testing kits to take up this offer in order to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”
The test site will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 4:30pm. Booking isn’t required, but you must wear a mask.
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Tests can be taken every three to five days so that new cases are quickly identified.
Anybody who records a positive test must self-isolate for the required period of time. When carrying out testing at home, you must submit their results (positive or negative) following the instructions provided.
The service is not available to anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID19. If you have symptoms you should book a test via the government’s website or by calling NHS 119.
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