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Rapid testing for county key workers opening in Blaby

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Man taking covid test in Wigston

A programme to provide the county’s key workers with rapid community testing for Covid-19 is now well underway, with a second test site opening tomorrow (Wednesday).

Leicestershire County Council hopes to have one rapid test centre open in each district over the next few weeks. Testing is ongoing at a site in Wigston Fields - and Wednesday (January 27) will see a centre opening in Blaby and District Social Centre in Leicester Road, Blaby.

One in three people who have coronavirus show no symptoms, and rapid lateral flow testing, led by the council’s public health team, can help to quickly identify individuals and stop the spread of infection. 

Rapid testing is ONLY for those who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating – if you do have symptoms, or you have been told to self isolate, then you should not attend. It is open to key workers and anyone else in the county who cannot currently work from home.

I am delighted that our programme of rapid testing for key workers is now well underway and pleased to see a second centre opening, with more to follow across the county.

Key workers have had a vital role to play in supporting us all during the pandemic and rapid testing for these workers will help to protect them, their colleagues and customers by identifying cases and stopping further spread of coronavirus.

The lateral flow tests are self-administered at an approved test site – and you can leave the site straight after you have taken your swab. Results will be sent out by text or email by the end of that day.  Sites will be open 6 days each week.

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Residents are reminded that if they have Covid symptoms they will need to isolate immediately and book an NHS test at nhs.uk or by calling 119.

Final plans, including the locations of each new site, will be announced soon. Residents should follow the council’s Twitter and Facebook pages - both @LeicsCountyHall - or visit the council’s website for the latest news.

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