Coronavirus testing moved to Maghull

Coronavirus testing moved to Maghull

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

AFTER three days in Litherland and thousands of COVID-19 tests carried out, the Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre has been moved to Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre.

It will be based in the new location from Sunday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 16.

Once again, the site will be providing clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Key NHS and care workers can now attend the regional testing sites at Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enables key workers who test negative to return to that work.

The Government has said that through its NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result will then be required to stay at home for 14 days. They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for seven days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

With the recent news that the R- infection rate in the North West of England could still be around 1, Sefton Council is reminding people that if they do have to leave the house they should stay 2 metres (approximately 4 steps) away from those who aren’t members of their household.

After these three days in Maghull, the next scheduled visit for a Mobile Test site to Litherland on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday, June 27 followed by further days in Maghull starting on Sunday, June 28.

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

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