Nottinghamshire's Community Testing Programme exceeded 60,000 tests

29/04/2021

As of Tuesday 27 April, the Community Testing Programme hit 61,452 tests.

Figures of how many people are getting tested in Nottinghamshire are continuing to increase which is contributing towards the fight against COVID-19.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) staff have been essential to the Community Testing Programme, as have Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, and of course, the local communities.

Our employees have supported the delivery of high quality, consistent and standardised training, quality assurance and have been pivotal in creating positive, safe culture of leadership and mentorship, which has been recognised and celebrated by Roz Howie.

This milestone is a great step in the right direction, and we want to encourage the communities to continue to get tested.

Andy Macey, Group Manager at NFRS, said: “This is a great achievement and I am extremely proud of all the effort and hard work our employees and all involved are putting into the Lateral Flow Testing sites.

“We have ten Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service employees supporting at the sites or in management roles. They have been working hard behind the scenes turning libraries, leisure centres, pubs and football grounds into testing facilities.

“Not only have they been essential in the building of eighteen testing sites, they have also trained over 250 people who have gone onto to doing these tests.

“I want to thank everyone involved at the Lateral Flow Testing sites as we support this part of the fight against Covid-19 with our partners in Nottinghamshire.”

David Johns, Interim Director of Public Health at Nottingham City Council, said: “It is fantastic that so many people across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are taking part in regular, Covid-19 testing even when they don’t have symptoms. Over 61,000 tests is a massive achievement and my thanks goes to everyone who have helped to make this happen – this is an important tool in our efforts to stop the spread of the virus and protect each other.

“Nottingham has begun to reopen, and we also now have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family outdoors, but it is important to note that we continue to see covid-19 cases in Nottingham City.

“It is important everyone gets into a routine of regular, twice weekly, Covid-19 testing, even if they don’t have any symptoms. There are many quick and easy ways to access a free rapid Covid-19 test when you don’t have symptoms such as from a local community site; by collecting some at your local pharmacy; or by ordering online. For all the ways you can access a Covid-19 test when you don’t have symptoms please visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/asymptomatictesting

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “I am pleased that the community testing programme across Nottinghamshire has successfully achieved over 61,000 tests so far, for people who do not display symptoms. This means that people are coming forward to get tested regularly, with their results available in around 30 minutes.

“We know that around a third of people with Covid-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing.  People who test positive can isolate straight away, helping to break the chains of transmission. Now that everyone of secondary school age and older is encouraged to test twice a week, I hope that we will see even more people get tested and help to suppress and control the spread of the virus.”

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