Surge Testing in Chester areas CH1 3 and CH1 4

18 June 2021

People who live or work in two Chester postcode areas are asked to book a COVID-19 test in response to the increase in positive cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant in the area.

The latest seven-day incidence rate in the borough from 7 June to 13 June showed an increase to 117 positive cases per 100,000.

Surge testing will be taking place in Chester postcodes CH1 3 and CH 1 4, where the infection rates are significantly higher than the borough average.   

Residents living or working in postal codes CH1 3 and CH1 4 are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test, whether or not they are showing symptoms and regardless of whether they have had the COVID-19 vaccine.  Residents who have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days do not need to take another PCR test at this time. 

Although residents without symptoms should still be testing twice weekly with rapid Lateral Flow Tests (LFT), PCR tests have a higher accuracy rate. Positive results are sent to specialist laboratories to help identify COVID-19 cases with a Variant of Concern (VOC) and then prevent their spread.

To book a test visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call: 119.

Appointments are available at the nearest Local Testing Sites at Little Roodee car park and Sealand Road Park and Ride.

Tests are also available without an appointment at Chester Cathedral, however there may be a long wait.  The Council therefore encourages people to book a test at the above sites. 

Residents are also reminded of the importance of undertaking LFTs twice weekly and are being encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

Home testing LFT kits can be picked up at Little Roodee Testing Centre, Sealand Road Park and Ride Testing Centre and at the Cathedral, as well as at participating pharmacies.  You can also order them by post at: www.gov.uk site or by calling: 119.

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The surge in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is alarming, but we can control it by observing the hands, space, face and fresh air rules, minimising our travel, getting the vaccine as soon as we can and by testing. 

“Please book in for a PCR test if you live in the CH1 3 or CH1 4 postcode area, whether you have symptoms or not. And take care to protect yourself and others.”

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should self-isolate and book a free test at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call: 119.

For more information visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/c19testing

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