Mobile coronavirus testing in Pendle aims to help slow spike

Coronavirus mobile testing units are in Pendle this week and testing will continue in Nelson and Barnoldswick to the end of the month.

The mobile testing unit at the former fairground site on Carr Road, on the border of Nelson and Barrowford, will continue to be open daily from 10-30am to 3-30pm until Friday July 31st.

People need to book a test rather than just turn up.

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Pendle Council leader Coun. Mohammed Iqbal said: “If you live with someone with symptoms, you must self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started, as it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

Coun. David Whipp

"If you have symptoms, it's very important to stay at home, get yourself tested and follow the advice from the NHS Test and Trace service. We must all play a part by following the five point plan for Pendle on staying safe and reducing the spread."

Appointments go live around 8-30pm the night before on the Government's coronavirus testing webpage www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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They can also be booked on the morning for a test on the same day via the Government’s webpage.

Coun. David Whipp, deputy leader of Pendle Council, said: “We can all do it for Pendle by helping to reduce the spread. Free tests are being carried out at a mobile testing unit in Barnoldswick at the Rainhall Road car park."

Check Pendle Council’s website www.pendle.gov.uk/coronavirus for details and follow the link to the Government testing webpage. People can also book a test by calling the COVID hotline on 119.

The five points people must follow including wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces from now, are on Pendle Council’s website: www.pendle.gov.uk/coronavirus

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People can contact NHS 111 on-line for healthcare advice.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire, said: "It’s really important to stay alert to the risks. We should all do what we can to limit the spread of infection. Please share this advice with your family, friends and work colleagues. It's important that we get the message out and work together to keep our communities safe.”