A number of sites are being set up across the county offering rapid tests to people aged 18 and over who have no symptoms of Coronavirus. It follows a commitment from the Government to test as many people who are key workers and/or cannot work from home as possible.
CCC and PCC have been allocated 100,000 tests in the next six weeks, with the potential for the pilot to be extended.
Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify key workers showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, which helps break chains of transmission.
Initially there will be six sites across the county, with the potential to set up pop-up sites in areas of high need if required. Tests will be offered at no cost to the public.
Tests will be available in the following locations:
- The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire, CB23 6GW – launches Wednesday 3 February.
- Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech, Fenland, PE13 2PE – launches Thursday 4 February
- Soham Town Rangers Football Club, Julius Martin Lane, Soham, Ely, East Cambridgeshire, CB7 5EQ – launches Friday 5 February.
- Huntingdon, The Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE – launches Thursday 11 February.
- Cambridge, The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherine’s Rd, Arbury, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ – launches Friday 12 February.
- St Mark’s Church, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 2SN – already operating.
Each site will be open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, apart from the Peterborough site which is open every day from 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm.
To book a test, people need to visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/rapidtesting