We are launching two pop-up symptom-free testing sites in Gillingham and Strood this month.
Medway was the first area in the south-east to launch symptom-free testing in December 2020 and so far more than 125,900 tests have been carried out. Of those 1,314 people tested positive for coronavirus and were immediately told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace programme.
We are continuing to offer symptom-free testing to everyone who lives or works in Medway and residents are being encouraged to book tests twice a week as national lockdown restrictions are gradually eased.
With more people anticipated to be out in the community over the coming months as part of the government’s roadmap to recovery plans, it remains just as important that people continue to regularly take a symptom-free coronavirus test to protect them, their families and people around them. One in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms, meaning that someone could be highly infectious without being aware of it.
New outreach teams will also work with community organisations to offer testing to harder to reach groups and communities who may find it difficult to access testing sites.
Residents will be able to get tested at St Augustine’s Church in Rock Avenue, Gillingham, from Tuesday, 13 April until Thursday, 15 April. The pop-up testing site will then move to Strood Gospel Mission Church in Brompton Lane and residents will be able to book tests from Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 22 April.
Residents are still able to book a symptom-free test at Chattenden Community Centre, The Oast in Rainham, The Deep End in Chatham and at MidKent College in Gillingham.
We cannot be complacent
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We are all looking forward to getting back to the things we love, when it is safe to do so, but we cannot be complacent. As more of us are starting to go out and about in our local communities it is extremely important that we continue to regularly take a symptom-free coronavirus test to protect ourselves, and our loved ones from this deadly virus. Medway’s symptom-free testing centres are helping drive down the numbers of cases locally but we all need to continue to work together to help keep each other safe. It is vital that we continue to follow the latest government advice and follow social distancing guidelines.”
We all need to play our part
James Williams, Medway Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Although Medway’s infection rate remains below the national average we all need to play our part in order to keep it that way. Symptom-free testing is an important tool in the fight against coronavirus and I would encourage residents to continue to get tested regularly. We all need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Book a coronavirus test
No symptoms: If you do not have any symptoms of coronavirus, you can book your test online.
Symptoms: If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should access a test through the national symptomatic testing programme online, or by calling 119.