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COVID19 testing will help to keep our communities safe

by Gemma Melling

…That’s the message from Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Sean Donnelly, who also confirmed that Knowsley residents have responded to the campaign to encourage more testing, with an increase in the number of tests carried out in the borough in recent weeks.

This has been helped by the mobile testing units being available in a number of locations across the borough, making access to testing easier.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Deputy Leader of Knowsley Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “I want to thank our residents for the continued part they’re playing in helping us stop the spread of coronavirus. Our residents have listened to the advice to get tested if they display symptoms and I’d like to thank them for playing their part to help to stop the spread of the virus. They understand the seriousness of the situation and appreciate the importance of test and trace in combating coronavirus.”

Anyone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, should self-isolate and book a coronavirus test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

Cllr Donnelly added: “With lockdown measures easing, people think that the pandemic is over. It is far from over. We all have a part to play in ensuring we don’t have a second wave and that’s why testing is vitally important, not only to the individual and their immediate family, but to the wider community, particularly our most vulnerable residents. As lockdown measures continue to ease there is greater risk of spreading the virus. I’d encourage to ensure they embed the steps they can take to reduce the spread of the virus into their everyday routine.”

Tests, which must be booked in advance, can be taken at one of the following:

  • One of our drive-through regional testing sites (Haydock Park Racecours and Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
  • Mobile testing units across Knowsley – they will be in the Borough until the end of July
  • Test kits delivered to your home – find out more at www.nhs.uk
  • Hospital-based testing for NHS patients and staff
  • Dedicated testing centres in other care settings (for example, care homes).

The steps you can take to stop the spread of the virus include:

  • If you display symptoms, stay at home and book a test through nhs.uk or by ringing 119. Self-isolate for 10 days and others in your household need to self isolate for 14 days. If you need to self-isolate you can find more information and support options available here.
  • Maintain social distancing – keep at least 2m apart.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Limit social interactions and if you can work from home, you should.
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and when visiting a hospital setting.
  • Always carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes and dispose of the tissue.