Surge testing in Blackburn

Surge testing in Blackburn

As rates of Covid cases rise across Blackburn with Darwen,  everyone who lives, works or studies in areas with BB1 and BB2 postcodes are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not, to help track the spread of the latest Variant of Concern.  

Unfortunately, Blackburn with Darwen has now taken the top spot in the national table of areas with the most Covid cases.  This is due, in part, to the latest Variant of Concern, the variant first identified in India which is now known as VOC-21APR-02.  

The Council and NHS are calling for everyone without Coronavirus symptoms in the targeted area to take a PCR test kit, which can be analysed in a laboratory to help track the spread of the virus variant.  

Surge testing engagement teams from the Council are also knocking on doors in some areas of Blackburn to hand out PCR test kits and encourage residents to take tests at home.

Staff then call back later the same day to collect completed tests.  Residents can get a PCR test at one of five new mobile testing sites in Blackburn:

  • Ewood Park (outside the Darwen End) – open 7 days from 10am to 5pm, until Sun 27 June
  • Bangor Street Community Centre car park – open 7 days from 12pm to 6pm, until Sun 13 June
  • Corporation Park gatehouse – open 7 days from 10am to 3pm, until Sun 27 June
  • Darwen Market Square – open 7 days from 10am to 4pm, until Sun 27 June
  • Pleasington playing fields – open weekdays during June from 10am to 3pm, until Sun 27 June

The mobile testing units are for people without symptoms to get PCR tests.  Appointments are not needed – all these sites are walk-up centres.  

More information can be found here: https://theshuttle.org.uk/residents-urged-take-a-test-to-help-stop-variant-spread/

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