Community Testing Reaches Chesterfield and North Derbyshire From This Week

Written by on 8 February 2021

All district and boroughs in Derbyshire are to get a community testing centre to help reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the county.

Derbyshire County Council will open new centres in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire this week, and High Peak next week. Centres for Derbyshire Dales and Erewash are planned to open by the end of February.

The centre at Midway Community Centre will stay open to cover South Derbyshire. Amber Valley will keep a centre in Heanor, and the centres in South Normanton and Shirebrook will stay open in the short term, with a new venue opening for the Bolsover area in time.

One in three of those who have coronavirus do not have symptoms, so the testing is aimed at those who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues or the public. The testing will identify people with COVID-19, enable support for those who have to self-isolate and drive infection rates down in the county.

Alongside the test people will be offered advice and help with financial support that they may be entitled to if they need to self-isolate and help to access wider benefits.

Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health at Derbyshire County Council, said: “Although rates of those testing positive are coming down we need to do more to try and stop the chain of transmission.

“We know that many people are just not able to work from home so these new centres are aimed at those who have to go out to work and mix with colleagues and the public. It is this group of people who are at the most risk of getting the virus, and with one in three who do have the virus showing no symptoms they can easily pass it on to anyone they come in to contact with.

“Please if you are still going out to work come to your nearest centre weekly and get a test to protect your families, colleagues and community.

“It only takes a few minutes and will make such a difference. The quicker we can get on top of this virus the sooner our lives can start to return to normal.”

Other established methods of testing for people with symptoms will continue alongside community testing and people who have a high temperature, continuous cough or have lost their sense of small or taste should book a test online in the usual way.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council said “I’m pleased that we are now setting up these new centres.

“It has been a real team effort with colleagues from across the council getting involved to help.

“We’re also grateful to colleagues from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who have helped move equipment round the county and helped to get things in place. Thanks also go to the district and borough councils who have helped in providing venues for us to use.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to the fantastic support we have had from the RAF. They joined us just before Christmas and helped us get our Swadlincote sites set up. Thank you to you all.

“Getting a test doesn’t mean you can’t still catch the virus, so please continue to wash your hands regularly, keep your distance and wear a face covering unless you are exempt.

Those attending are asked not to bring bags or other items with them that they don’t consider to be essential, but are asked to bring a fully charged smart phone if they have one. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.

To find out what the demand is like at the centres when you want to go along please visit https://derbyshire.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html

The centre in Chesterfield will be at Queen’s Park Sports Centre, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield and will open on Wednesday 10 February.

North East Derbyshire’s centre will open on Friday 12 February and will be at Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross.

High Peak’s Centre opens on Monday 17 February at Pavillion Gardens, Buxton.

Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Buxton will open 7 days a week, 9am to 7pm.

All the other centres will also open 7 days a week, 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm at weekends.

More information is on the council’s website at derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting


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