24th Oct, 2020

New Covid testing facility opens in Rugby

A COVID-19 testing facility opened in Rugby today (Wednesday September 30).

The new walk-through Coronavirus testing centre at Railway Terrace Car Park is open for those with symptoms to book appointments.

Those being tested must follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene, and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

Anyone attending an appointment will be advised on getting to and from the site safely, with extra support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history, which now comprises 76 drive-through sites, 129 walk-through sites, 258 mobile units, home testing and satellite kits and five large laboratories.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “This new site forms part of our national testing network. We continue to expand testing to make sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites making it even easier.

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus.”

Testing at the new site began today, with appointments made available each day. Tests are only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

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