Gareth Roberts speaks to Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool, about the mass testing for COVID-19 that was exclusively introduced in the city over this past weekend.
What To Know
- Everyone living or working in Liverpool is to be offered COVID-19 testing, whether they have symptoms or not, in the first pilot of whole city testing in England.
- Liverpool is currently in the highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions because its case numbers are among the highest in the country.
- The pilot will help to inform a blueprint for how mass testing can be achieved and how fast and reliable COVID-19 testing can be delivered at scale.
- Whole city testing aims to protect those at highest risk and find asymptomatic cases to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community, helping the city get back to normal as soon as possible.
“Liverpool City Council invited the Department of Health to work with it on a mass testing pilot due to the high number of cases of coronavirus in the city.
“The city has been under tier 3 restrictions since 14 October and case numbers are still among the highest in England.
“We hope by providing mass testing we can protect those at highest risk, to find positive cases to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community.
“Testing a large proportion means more positive cases can be identified and asked to self-isolate, which can help drive down the rate of infection locally.
“The initiative is being led by Liverpool City Council, with central government supporting operationally.”
Testing Centre Information
Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms must book a test here and should NOT turn up to one of the mass testing centres.
From Monday November 9, a total of 17 centres are now open, from 7am – 7pm.
People are asked to book testing slots here – or using the NHS COVID-19 App. They are asked not to just walk up to a test centre.
The centres are:
- Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium, L4 0TH
- Merseyside Caribbean Centre, Amberley Street, Toxteth, L8 1YJ
- Lifestyles Walton, Walton Hall Park, L4 9XP
- Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson, Conleach Road, Speke, L24 0TR
- Bridge Community Centre, Daneville Road, L4 9RG
- St Stephen’s Church Hall, Belle Vale Rd, L25 2PQ
- Aintree Baptist Church, Longmoor Lane, L9 0EH
- Croxteth Sports Centre, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
- St Johns Market, Liverpool city centre
- University of Liverpool gym, Bedford Street North, L69 7ZN
- Lifestyles Alsop Fitness Centre, 1 Walton Village, L4 6RW
- Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, L3 4FP
- Lifestyles Ellergreen, Ellergreen Road, L11 2XY
- Lifestyles Park Road, Steble Street, L8 6QH
- Liverpool Tennis Centre, Wellington Road, L15 4LE
- Lifestyles Garston, Long Lane, L19 6PE
- IM Marsh, Barkhill Road, Aigburth, L17 6BD
People without symptoms will also be offered drive-through appointments at other mobile testing units in the city, to maximise capacity. As everyone is in a car they are protected from each other.
This isn’t about politics, it’s about public health. It’s about making sure people are safe, businesses can reopen and people can get back to their lives.
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