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Renewed appeal for people to participate in testing in Diss and Roydon

24 February 2021

Around 6,100 people living and working in the parishes of Diss and Roydon have now participated in targeted surge testing in the area.

Norfolk Public Health and South Norfolk Council have applauded the efforts of local people and remain keen to remind anyone who has collected a home test kit since Friday to complete their test and return it as soon as possible, and for anyone living and working in the two parishes who has not yet booked a test to do so this week.

More than 2,600 people have been tested at the three mobile testing units since Friday 19 February with around 3,500 home testing kit swabs returned so far of more than 4,000 issued.

The programme of precautionary testing, which was launched on Friday 19 February to identify if there is wider spread of a variant of Covid-19 first identified in South Africa, has seen such a huge community response that targets are being met earlier than expected.

Adjustments are now being made to the opening times and dates of drop-off points and the three mobile testing units.

Norfolk County Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health Diane Steiner said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the way local people have responded to our call to participate in this testing.

“Once again, I want to extend my thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get tested at mobile testing units or by collecting test kits and returning them. It’s been a truly great effort and will help us to identify if there is any wider spread of this variant.

“We will now adjust our arrangements for testing to reflect this. I would appeal to anyone who has collected a home testing kit since Friday but not yet returned it to do so – please remember you need to drop it off within 24 hours of taking the test.

“We are also still appealing to anyone who has not yet been tested to book an appointment at one of the mobile testing units, or to book a home testing kit, this week if possible.”

Completed home tests can be dropped off at Midwich Ltd in Vince’s Road Diss, IP22 4YT or outside Roydon White Hart/Roydon Church any time between 9am and 7pm today (Wednesday 24 February). From Thursday 25 February, kits can be dropped off daily between 8am and 6pm at Diss Leisure Centre.

Tests can be booked for anyone over the age of 16 who lives or works in the parishes of Diss and Roydon. Bookings can be made from 8pm each day by ringing 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test with appointments available at two mobile testing sites at:

  • Roydon Community Centre, open daily from 10am to 4pm until Sunday 28 February
  • Diss Leisure Centre, open daily from 9am to 3pm until Thursday 4 March.

Those who don’t have Covid symptoms should click ‘yes’ when asked ‘is the person who needs a test part of a trial or government project?’ and then select ‘taking part in community testing’. Those who do have Covid symptoms follow the instructions on the website and choose one of the mobile testing units listed above and drive to the testing centre if they can.

Positive tests will be sequenced to identify any further spread of the variant of Covid-19 that is believed to have originated in South Africa, enabling a better understanding of the variant and identifying if there are any more cases of this strand of the virus in the area. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate immediately with their households and pass on details of their contacts to NHS Test and Trace.

Anyone unable to attend a mobile testing unit or experiencing difficulties with booking a test should contact the South Norfolk help hub on 01508 533933.

For further information see www.norfolk.gov.uk/surgetesting

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