Two Covid drive-through sites opened in Rotherham for swab testing

Two Covid drive-through sites opened in Rotherham for swab testing

By Chloe West | 13/07/2020

Two Covid drive-through sites opened in Rotherham for swab testing
The testing site at Midland Road

TWO drive-through swab testing sites have opened in Rotherham as the council calls out for more people to get tested for coronavirus - even if they don't have symptoms. 

One site is located at the former Midland Road bus depot and the other on Herringthorpe Playing Fields.

Teresa Roche, the council's director of public health, said the number of people becoming infected with coronavirus in Rotherham and across South Yorkshire was still too high.

She added: "We are changing our testing strategy to include people with no symptoms of coronavirus. We are working with PHE to increase access to test sites to make it easier for people in Rotherham to get tested."

The site at Midland Road is open seven days a week from 10am until 4pm and the mobile site at Herringthorpe from 11am to 4pm. The Herringthorpe site will run until this Friday, July 17. 

Ms Roche said: "These additional measures are being put in place to bring down the rates of infection in the borough as quickly as possible.

"This extra effort will help to identify more people with coronavirus, including those who may not be showing symptoms.

"It gives us a better chance of getting on top of the spread of the virus and stop from people from getting this terrible disease."

Any adult, whether they have symptoms or not, can be tested at either site. To book in for a test, visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.       

 




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