COVID Testing Booths and Pods are a requirement for schools, colleges and Local Authorities throughout the UK. The COVID-19 Winter Plan sets out why and how this ambitious plan can be achieved.
How does community COVID Testing help?
Community testing allows us to identify and isolate people who do not have symptoms but are unintentionally spreading the virus. Even whilst the vaccine roll-out is progressing we have the rapid turnaround tests that will help us suppress the virus via community COVID testing hubs. These crucial testing hubs are being set-up and managed by Town Councils, Borough Councils, County Councils and other Local Authority partnerships. Suppressing the virus will not only help reduce NHS admissions, it will also identify which areas of the UK can be released from the most restrictive tiers at the right time.
How to identify a suitable venue to be used as a COVID Testing Hub?
Schools, colleges and Universities can often identify suitable locations within their sites that lend themselves to being used as a safe and effective COVID Testing Hub. Having space to allow social distancing is key as well as facilities that can support both a one way system and separate entry and exit points. Being able to section off the area into an administration space, COVID testing space and COVID results space will also help make the process smooth and safe.
For Local Authorities setting up community testing operations, local government owned venues and vacant buildings are the most obvious source of suitable COVID Testing Hubs. The same principles as above apply, but also transport links, facilities, parking and accessibility are critical considerations.