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New symptom-free COVID-19 testing site to launch in Croft


A new symptom-free COVID-19 testing site is set to launch in Croft as part of expansion plans for more localised testing across the borough.

Alongside the testing sites at Grappenhall Cricket Club and the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the new symptom-free COVID-19 testing site will open at Croft Youth and Activity Centre on Smithy Lane, initially for five days on Thursday 25 February, Thursday 4 March, Thursday 11 March, Thursday 18 March and Thursday 25 March – from 2pm to 7pm.
The Croft testing site will be open for people who have no coronavirus symptoms and are unable to work from home under the current restrictions.
The new site, which is being supported by Croft Parish Council, is part of the expansion plans for more localised community testing across the borough, which will be rolled out to more areas in the coming months.
This site is only for people who cannot work from home or provide care to others, and have no coronavirus symptoms. If you have any coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, you need to self-isolate and book an NHS test immediately via the government’s website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Thara Raj, Warrington’s Director of Public Health, said: “It’s fantastic news that there is now another option for testing which is more convenient for people living in East Warrington. It’s now easier than ever for residents to get a symptom-free test at the new site at Croft, and we are now working with our partners to roll the programme out to more sites across the borough.
“Coronavirus cases are starting to come down in Warrington, which has been helped by people who have to leave home to work getting a symptom-free test and avoiding spreading the virus unknowingly to others. If you cannot work from home or provide care, getting a symptom-free test is key to help reduce transmission of coronavirus.”
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “The symptom-free, rapid tests are a really easy way to do your bit to help reduce the number of cases and protect your family, friends and colleagues who may be more vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus.
“If you have to work outside of home, please remember the basics of washing your hands regularly, wearing a face-covering if necessary, and keeping your distance from others. Also, if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, self-isolate immediately and book an NHS test.”
To find out more about coronavirus testing, visit warrington.gov.uk/testandtrace

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