People in regular contact with a young person at school or college can now pick up coronavirus home test kits from a Leicestershire community testing centre.
The county council is one of only three local authorities in the East Midlands – and one of only a handful across the country – to pilot the Government scheme offering residents another way of accessing rapid lateral flow tests.
An initial batch of around 2,500 boxes – totalling around 18,000 test kits – is available to parents, carers, grandparents or those who are regularly in contact with a child, and can be picked up at the community testing centre in Blaby.
The kits are already available from coronavirus test centres and some employers and can be ordered online too from the Government website.
I’m pleased that the Government has chosen Leicestershire to pilot this new initiative. Our community testing centres are working well, and enabling our key workers to remain on the front line and curbing the spread of the virus. And in Blaby initially, we’re expanding them to give people another option to collect home test kits.Person:Council leader, Nick Rushton
Local government has played a big role in managing the pandemic and I’m pleased we’re leading the way in another national roll out.
People wanting to collect kits need to book a slot – this will include a run-through of how to use the tests.
Find coronavirus test centres of order online from the Government
The community testing centres is one of seven across the county and is for key workers, or anyone else who can’t work from home, who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating.
Depending on the national pilot and delivery of kits, it may be rolled out to other community test centres.
Residents are reminded that if they have coronavirus symptoms they will need to isolate immediately and book an NHS test online or call119.
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