MORE mobile coronavirus testing units are being deployed across Sefton for the rest of November.
These are for people who are showing coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell.
Mobile Test Units will be on site at Southport Eco Centre and in Litherland Sports Park every day for the next two weeks. And on Saturdays 7 and 14 and Sundays 8 and 15 November a Unit will also be at Maghull Town Hall.
In addition, the Council has secured a Mobile Unit site in Ainsdale and there will be a Unit at Aintree from Thursday 12 to Friday, November 20.
Sefton also has four walk-through Local Testing Centres, at Bootle Town Hall, Crosby Library, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall. They are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. People who develop coronavirus symptoms need to book a test straight away by making an appointment at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Sefton residents who work or study in Liverpool can also access a coronavirus test even if they don’t have symptoms. As a result of the support Sefton Council is providing, local residents who qualify under Liverpool’s new mass testing system, because they work or study in the city, can get tests closer to home. Their results will be available in 24 to 48 hours.
To book one of these COVID-19 tests those people should visit https://liverpool.gov.uk/covidtesting
The remaining dates already planned for Sefton in November are:
• Mon 9 – Southport
• Tues 10 – Southport
• Weds 11 – Southport
• Thurs 12 – Litherland
• Fri 13 – Litherland
• Sat 14 – Maghull
• Mon 16 – Aintree
• Tues 17 – Southport
• Weds 18 – Southport
• Thurs 19 – Southport
• Fri 20 – Southport
• Sun 22 – Maghull
• Mon 23 – Litherland
• Tues 24 – Litherland
• Weds 25 – Southport
• Thurs 26 – Southport
• Fri 27 – Southport
• Sun 29 – Maghull
• Mon 30 – Southport
These planned dates and sites may need to change at short notice if testing is required in other locations across Merseyside.
Borough Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher has welcomed the news that Sefton is one of the local authorities where mass coronavirus testing for people without symptoms is to be rolled out.
Cllr Maher said: “I am delighted that people across our Borough are going to benefit from the new Lateral flow tests, have a turnaround time of under an hour.
“Although we have been limited with the number of tests and will only be able to test 10% of the population it’s another way of identifying people who have coronavirus before they show symptoms. This will help reduce the number of people they might spread it to and in turn the overall the transmission rate.
“Sefton residents and people who work here who don’t have coronavirus symptoms will be able to go and get a test. They will quickly receive a result, which hopefully confirms they don’t have COVID-19 and are not infectious.
“Those people who don’t have symptoms but who receive a positive test result, meaning they are infectious and could prevent a risk to any of their family, friends and colleagues who may be vulnerable, will then be able to isolate for the required period.
“By taking the tests regularly, people across the Borough will be able to monitor their condition, which will help to reduce infections rates and help pave the way back to some kind of normality in the future.”
Lateral flow tests have been available since Friday for people who live or are employed in Liverpool, including Sefton residents who work in the city.
Cllr Maher added: “We have already secured significant walk-through and drive-through testing facilities in Sefton.
“Over the coming days we will learn lessons from Liverpool and decide how we deploy the tests. In the meantime, I would urge anyone who feels any of the symptoms of coronavirus coming on, whether that’s a high temperature, a new cough or they lose their sense of smell or taste, it’s time to get a test straight away. The sooner people do this, the quicker they can find out if they are COVID positive and the more quickly they can start taking measures to isolate and protect the people around them.”
To make an appointment for a test people can call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.