Testing is one of the key tools we have to contain the spread of coronavirus while the vaccine programme is rolled out nationally. If we can identify more people who are carrying the infection we can help to drive down transmission rates and save lives.
From this week there are three test sites in Middlesbrough people without symptoms can go to:
Middlesbrough Sports Village - Wednesday – Sunday - 8am-3pm
North Ormesby Community Hub - Monday – Friday - 9.30am-4.30pm
Newport Community Hub - Tuesday – Saturday - 11am-6pm
We are encouraging those people who can’t work from home and are therefore more likely to come into contact with other people to book regular tests.
Tests are available to book here now www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/communitytesting
People who book a test will be advised how to conduct it themselves, with results available in around an hour.
Please note that a negative result following a rapid test does not necessarily mean that you don’t have Covid-19. Anyone testing negative must continue to follow all local restrictions and public health advice to protect themselves and others.
The Community Testing sites are only for people without Covid-19 symptoms. If you or anyone you know has symptoms, including - a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change to your sense of smell or taste – they should self-isolate and book a test for people with symptoms at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Please also note that if you do take part in regular testing that this should not replace any of your current health and safety procedures around the use of PPE, social distancing etc.