Everyone living, working and studying in Coventry now will collect COVID home test kits to make sure they do whatever they can to ensure their safety and security.
Since being aimed at the broader school youth, the Community Collect Service is expanding. It means anyone will take their own box of side flow tests to one of the seven community testing centres in the city to try at home. Two boxes (14 tests) can be collected at any time for each household.
Lateral Coventry flow testing has led up to 1,090 positive cases – individuals who otherwise may not have identified the virus and risked spreading the virus to their loved ones, friends and the public.
“It’s important to monitor to help deter the spread of coronavirus and if you have a critical service or simply want peace of mind, I advise everyone to make sure that they pick up those test kits and test them daily,” says Liz Gaulton, director of public health. And if you are vaccinated, you can also screen annually.
“One person out of three with coronavirus shows no symptoms, and being used to two weekly trials in our daily lives will motivate both of us to do our part and do everything possible to keep each other healthy.
“Everyone in the community has worked tirelessly to reduce our rate of illness, and we start to see the ray of expectation of a return to a more ordinary way of life in the vaccine programme.
“Home trial is another important move forward – however, note that you do have to follow rules, including social distances and the use of facial covers, even after a negative result.”
The checks are a nose which throat swab and give fast findings. Two checks a week are prescribed for people. It is crucial to be mindful of the need for a PCR confirmatory test in one of its symptomatic test sites running by the Department of Health and Social Care for those that test positive using lateral flux testing.
You can pick up side flow tests at any of the city’s seven community test centres which consist of: the Transport Museum in the City Centre, the Indian Community Centre, Foleshill, the Moat House Leisure and Neighborhood Center, Wood End, the Alan Higgs Centre, off Allard Way. Any small pharmacy in the city can also be visited. See a complete list of locations where quick home lateral flow tests can be collected.
Our Community research sites are now running normally for people without coronavirus signs and without reserving an appointment. The centres are opening hours from 8am to 6.30pm from Monday – Freitag, and from 10am to 15pm on Saturday and Sunday.
A collectible site should not attend any person who is advised to self-isolate or shows symptoms of COVID-19. Call 119 or visit www:nhs.uk/coronavirus for those with all of the major COVID symptoms.
Visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus to learn more about research, coronaviruses or local controls.