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