A fifth rapid testing Covid site has been revealed allowing more people to get tested for the virus.

The New Priestwood Community Centre will be one of five community testing sites used to target essential workers who are not already being tested and who are required to leave home for work or a crucial activity.

The initiative will enable the testing of those workers who are showing no signs of coronavirus symptoms (known as asymptomatic).

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In turn, this will help to slow the spread of Covid-19 as anyone who is uninfected but unaware of it will be told to self-isolate.

Anyone who needs to leave home for work or volunteering can get tested. 

This includes critical activities such as caring for a vulnerable person or providing child care as part of a child care support bubble. 

  • Full list of Covid rapid testing sites
  • Sandhurst Memorial Hall, Sandhurst 
  • Great Hollands Pavilion, Bracknell 
  • Brownlow Hall, Warfield 
  • The Morgan Centre, Crowthorne
  • The New Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell. 

The council will contact essential workers who are deemed suitable for community testing.

Testing will be done twice a week with a three to four-day gap in between tests.

According to government data, around one in three people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.

Lateral Flow Testing will be used at the community testing centres. This type of test delivers results within 30 minutes.

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If workers test positive, they and their close contacts should isolate at home immediately.

Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and Chairman of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said: “The testing sites are a valuable asset in the fight against coronavirus.  Identifying those who are unknowingly spreading the virus is helping to keep our residents safer.  The tests are quick and simple and give the peace of mind that when going out to work you are not going to be putting any of your colleagues, customers or loved ones at risk.   

“We urge everyone who has to leave home for work or volunteering, whether that is caring for a vulnerable person, providing childcare as part of a childcare bubble or delivering the goods that our community needs, to please get these regular tests so you can rest assured that you are not the one spreading the virus.”