New SMART tests coming for workers in public-facing jobs
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The council is urging people such as shop and supermarket workers, taxi drivers and refuse and recycling collectors who don’t have symptoms to get tested.
Two rapid Covid-19 lateral flow test sites, run by Pendle Leisure Trust, have opened at:
Pendle Leisure Centre, Crown Way, Colne, BB8 9NP
West Craven Sports Centre, Kellbrook Road, Barnoldswick.BB18 5TB.
Tests are available Monday to Friday, 5 to 8pm, and can be booked via www.pendleleisuretrust.co.uk/smart-test
“The tests will be rolled out to more people but initially we’re reaching out to these groups. If you come into contact with customers in your day-to-day work, please book yourself in for a SMART test and get tested regularly.
“By testing those who have face to face contact with customers, it means we can more effectively stop the spread of Covid-19 in Pendle. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate for 10 days and follow Government guidelines.”
The SMART tests are free and should be repeated every three to five days. As they don’t need to be sent to a laboratory for analysis, results are available quicker – usually in 30 minutes.
All Pendle Leisure Trust staff operating the SMART test centres have been fully trained.
Coun. David Whipp, deputy leader of Pendle Council, added: “Across the county, this type of testing has found one or two people in every hundred with the virus. By getting these people to self-isolate, transmission of the virus is disrupted.”
Anyone who tests positive and needs to self-isolate may be entitled to a one-off Test and Trace Support Payment. Those eligible will be on a lower income and can’t work from home.
More information is available on Pendle Council’s website - www.pendle.gov.uk/selfisolationscheme
And if anyone self-isolating doesn’t have friends or family nearby, Pendle Community Support Hub can help with things like where to get food, collecting prescriptions and dealing with social isolation – www.pendle.gov.uk/communitysupporthub
For more information about the SMART tests and to book an appointment, visit - www.pendleleisuretrust.co.uk/smart-test