30/04/21: Asymptomatic Covid testing to be offered in Dereham
People living in Dereham are being encouraged to come forward to access symptom-free Covid testing, which will be held at Dereham Baptist Church from Tuesday, May 4th.
Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. As lockdown eases, families and friends meet up, and shops and meeting places open up, it is vital that residents can be assured they are not carrying Covid-19 and infecting family, friends and into the wider community and breaking chains of infection.
The asymptomatic testing programme is being delivered locally in partnership between Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council's Public Health team. The programme has already been offered in other parts of the county, including Swaffham, Thetford, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth, and Norwich.
People without Covid-19 symptoms can simply drop into the centre and receive their lateral flow test as part of the asymptomatic programme. Anybody who does have symptoms - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste - should instead book a test via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council's Leader, commented: "These tests can help identify people who have Covid but no symptoms, ensuring they avoid spreading it to their friends, loved ones and within their communities. As people can just walk-up to the testing site, I hope residents in and around Dereham will make the most of the opportunity to access a test.
Location and opening times:
Dereham Baptist Church, Norwich St, Dereham NR19 1BX
- Tuesday, 4th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, 5th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thursday, 6th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday, 7th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 8th May - No testing
- Sunday, 9th May - No testing
- Tuesday, 11th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, 12th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thursday, 13th May - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday, 14th May 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Last updated: 30/04/2021 14:49:12