Targeted door-to door community coronavirus testing will take place this weekend in Beanfield, Corby.
Each household in Beanfield will be offered testing kits in a bid to reduce case and transmission rates prior to further easing of restrictions. The pilot also provides the council with an opportunity to test its surge capacity plans – a key part of the public health response to spikes in cases, or variants of concern, should they arise in the future.
Beanfield has been identified for this pilot as it is an area with high rates of cases, yet low rates of testing.
Organised by the Public Health team at North Northamptonshire Council, trained volunteers will be knocking on all household doors between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April to talk to residents about coronavirus and offer free testing options, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
Households will be offered either PCR test kits or Rapid Lateral Flow Test kits.
The PCR test are for those people with any of the three main coronavirus symptoms; a high temperature, continuous cough or loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.
The Lateral Flow Tests are for those who don’t have these symptoms and are an effective way to test if you are infectious, without having symptoms. All kits will have instructions for how to correctly swab and complete the self-tests.
All volunteers will carry ID and wear PPE and high visibility jackets. They will drop test kits off as they call door-to-door to each household and return later to collect the completed PCR test kits. The LFT kits will not need collection as test processing happens within the home. Information on what to do with each type of kit is provided on an easy-to-follow leaflet.
Those testing positive during the pilot process will be required to isolate as per national guidance, and subject to eligibility, can access support to do so by North Northamptonshire Council (social isolation support, food packages, medication deliveries and financial support).
If residents are out at the time the volunteers call, a leaflet will be dropped through their letterbox detailing when and when they can get a test. Free COVID-19 testing is available to everyone, with or without coronavirus symptoms.
Those without symptoms, who don’t currently get tested through their workplaces or as part of a school or childcare support bubble, can book a test at one of the two sites in Corby
- Lodge Park Sports Centre, Shetland Way: Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 12 noon and 3pm to 7pm
- Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre, Gainsborough: Monday to Friday 15:00 to 18:45.
Please if you are showing any COVID 19 symptoms don’t attend those sites but book a PCR test by calling 119 or booking a test online.