Knowsley Council is urging residents to help keep COVID-19 under control by regularly testing for the virus.
Although the majority of restrictions have now been lifted and life seems back to normal, COVID-19 has not gone away.
1 in 3 people who have the virus don’t experience any symptoms. However, they can still pass on the virus, potentially to someone more vulnerable.
The number of cases of coronavirus is currently rising and as we move further into winter, we are expecting to see more and more seasonal illnesses. This is likely to increase pressures on our local NHS services.
Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health at Knowsley Council, said: “The risk of transmitting COVID-19 increases in large, crowded places and indoor settings. As we enter the colder months, and the festive season, we are likely to find ourselves at a higher risk than during the summer.
“By regularly testing for COVID-19 and continuing with behaviours such as wearing a mask in crowded spaces, washing our hands and keeping space, we can play a role in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 in these settings and potentially passing it on to someone more vulnerable.”
There are plenty of ways Knowsley residents can access testing:
Community Testing Sites
There are four testing sites across the borough, and you do not need an appointment to attend. These sites are for people without symptoms.
Kirkby, 11a Market Square, L32 8RG
Huyton, Unit 1, 22 Derby Road, L36 9UJ
Halewood, The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, L26 9UH
Prescot, Unit 6, Prescot Shopping Centre, Eccleston St, L34 5GA
All sites are open Tuesday – Thursday from 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 9.30am-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.
Home testing kits
Residents can pick up testing kits from the Community Testing Sites or from local participating pharmacies. To find the nearest location, visit https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
People collecting home COVID-19 testing kits from a local pharmacy will need to register for a QR code.
Residents can easily generate a QR code by calling 119 or visit www.gov.uk/get-collect-code There will also be poster displayed in pharmacies with a QR code that can be scanned to take you directly to the registration page.
Positive result from a rapid (lateral flow test)
If you receive a positive test result from a lateral flow test you are required to book a confirmatory test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119