Knowsley Council is urging residents to keep getting tested for COVID-19 as the borough continues to battle with high rates of the virus.
The easing of restrictions means that more people are mixing and having close contact with others than at any other time in the last year. With cases of COVID-19 still very high in the borough, it is vital that everyone plays a role in keeping Knowsley safe by testing for coronavirus.
Regular testing for COVID-19 pinpoints asymptomatic cases of coronavirus where the person carrying the virus doesn’t even know they have it. 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t experience symptoms and could unknowingly pass on the virus to someone who is potentially more at risk.
Testing for helps break the chain of transmission by ensuring the person infected isolates. You should still regularly test for COVID-19 even if you have been vaccinated.
In May, Knowsley Council made provision to continue operating the Community Testing sites (assisted testing facilities) in the borough due to invaluable service it provided residents and the key role it played in driving down COVID-19 infection rates following lockdown in January.
The Community Testing sites are a great way for residents to access testing for the virus, with staff on hand to guide you through the process and results provided within 1 hour. The testing centres are located in Huyton, Kirkby, Halewood and Prescott. You can find out more here.
Knowsley Council has been deploying outreach teams across the borough to hand out testing kits and engage with local residents about regular testing. There is also a Mobile Testing Unit that travels around the borough providing walk up testing services for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. Check Knowsley News for the latest information on mobile testing.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “There is a real buzz in the air with the easing of lockdown restrictions. However, it is so important that we all approach this cautiously in light of the infection rates in Knowsley.
“Regular testing really is the best way for us to ensure that we keep everyone in our community safe. By continuing to fund the Community Testing sites, we are providing the best possible testing service for our residents and I would urge everyone to make use of it.”
Other ways to access testing
All Knowsley residents can also access home testing kits through pharmacy collect, click and collect and LFD direct. You can find out more here.
If testing at home, it is vital that you record you test result. It doesn’t matter if the test result is positive or negative. You can record you result online or by calling the number provided.
What to do if you test positive
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.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the COVID symptoms (high temperature, new or persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell), stay at home and book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. There are 3 testing sites in Knowsley for people displaying symptoms (in Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village) and you will be offered the first available appointment at a test centre. Please note, you need an appointment to attend these testing sites.