Higher infection rate sees Covid-19 testing unit stationed in Worksop town centre

A Covid-19 mobile testing unit has been stationed at a town centre carpark - after new data showed infection rates are higher in Bassetlaw than other areas of Nottinghamshire.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 11:33 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 11:34 am

People with virus symptoms can book a test at the facility - located at Central Avenue Car Park - online or by phone.

The station will allow people with symptoms to be tested quickly and easily without having to travel to testing centres which are currently based in Doncaster or Mansfield.

Louise Lester, a consultant in public health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said the number of virus cases were ‘slightly higher’ in Bassetlaw than other areas of Nottinghamshire but the figures gave ‘no reason for concern’.

Central Avenue Car Park

Councillor Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are taking a proactive approach by working with our partners to offer this mobile testing unit to people in Bassetlaw.

“We also know that it can be difficult for some people to travel to one of the current testing centres in Doncaster or Mansfield so we believe that this approach will make things easier for Bassetlaw residents who have symptoms to get tested.”

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However public health’s Ms Lester added: “We can all help to control the virus if we follow the advice to wash our hands frequently and thoroughly.

“Maintain social distancing of two metres wherever you can and one metre plus precautions where two metres is not possible.

“Stay at home if you or someone in your household has symptoms and get tested and follow the advice you receive when you get the result.”

The testing station will be at Central Avenue Car Park until tomorrow (Wednesday).

Anyone with symptoms can book online HERE or by phoning 119 from Saturday 11 July onwards.

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