Posted: 25.02.21 at 10:32 by Hannah Corfield
A new mobile community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests with results within the hour will soon be available in Honiton.
The mobile centre, purchased by Devon County Council (DCC), is now on the road having been successfully trialled at Devon and Cornwall Police’s Middlemoor HQ in Exeter.
Around one in three people who have coronavirus do not show any symptoms and may unwittingly be spreading the infection.
Regular rapid testing identifies those non-symptomatic carriers of the virus and if they do test positive, they are required to self-isolate immediately to prevent them from transmitting it to others.
It will be offered to members of the emergency services, taxi drivers, trades people, or volunteers who are helping those that are shielding.
Community testing centres will be available in Honiton, Exmouth, Axminster, Okehampton, Tavistock and Ivybridge over the coming weeks.
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, said: “These new mobile test centres will help us to offer more rapid Covid-19 tests in more locations to those who need it.
“The tests are quick, painless and easy to book with results back within an hour via text or email.
"By being regularly tested it could prevent you unintentionally passing the virus to others.
“But please remember, while a positive test will require you to self-isolate at home, a negative test does not remove the need to continue following national guidance around social distancing, wearing a face covering, and washing your hands properly and regularly.
"These simple steps are still vital in preventing the transmission of the virus.”
Anyone showing symptoms of having the virus should apply to the national testing programme.
To book a rapid test and to find out more about community testing in Honiton click here.