A PAIR of new testing sites in Evesham and Pershore have been revealed as the next phase of the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions looms.
Evesham residents are now able to get a rapid test for Covid-19 after the site opened its doors on Tuesday (April 6) while Pershore Town Hall will be the new site for Covid-19 testing from Monday (April 12).
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.
Tests will be available for those aged over 18 at the Oat Street library from 9.30am to 4.15pm Monday to Friday and from 9.30am to 3.15pm on Saturday. The library will also become a community collection point for home testing kits.
Appointments for those aged over 18 in Pershore will be available at Pershore Town Hall on the High Street from 9.30am to 4.15pm Monday to Friday.
Mayor of Pershore, Coun Chris Parsons, said: “The past year has been a difficult one for everyone and we still need to be extremely vigilant in our fight against Coronavirus.
“During the past year all levels of local Government have worked together in the fight against this terrible disease and I am pleased that Pershore Town Council is able to continue working with Worcestershire County Council by providing a High Street venue for Rapid testing.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of Public Health in Worcestershire said: “It’s great to see Evesham and Pershore sites offering support to the local community, becoming the next rapid testing sites.
“Everyone has been working so hard to get the number of cases of Covid-19 down. Now people 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.
Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LateralFlowTesting for more.