Residents of Burnley and Padiham are being encouraged to get a free covid test at a community testing site being set up in Burnley town centre this week. The testing site is the car park opposite Burnley bus station on Centenary Way, between Gala Bingo and Tesco.
The tests will be available from Monday 10th August between 10am and 3pm, seven days per week.
You do not need to book this test and there is no charge for the tests.
Councillor Cosima Towneley, executive member for community and environmental services at Burnley Council, said: “This is a convenient location for everyone. We need more people to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms. Anyone over the age of 18 can get tested at the site.”
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health for Lancashire, said: “By testing people who are not showing symptoms, we can understand more about the scale of the spread in Burnley. The more we know about the scale, the quicker we can advise people to self-isolate and act to prevent further spread. More testing will also help the government to decide when the time is right to ease lockdown restrictions. I encourage as many people as possible to ‘do it for Burnley’ and get a test at the site.”
Councillor Towneley, who is a trained volunteer in carrying out the swab tests, added: “I know some people might feel uncomfortable, but it is painless and only takes about 20 seconds. It is worth it for the peace of mind a negative test can bring and to ensure swift self-isolation should you test positive.”
The testing site at Centenary Way is for people who have no symptoms. Tests at similar sites are currently taking up to 72 hours for the results to be received.
You can also access testing through the government website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Or, you can call 119 if you have problems using the internet.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.
If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
After 10 days, if you still have a temperature, you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice.
To get help with essential supplies if you are self-isolating and do not have support from friends and family, contact the Burnley Together hub: