After the successful launch of targeted symptom-free testing in the city at the start of this week, City of York Council (CYC) is now expanding its offer to those who support those who are most at risk from Coronavirus.

Since opening the service on Monday to those who work in retail, leisure and transport, hundreds of bookings have been made and the council is thanking those who have been tested so far as part of the city’s efforts to slow the spread.

Those who work with, live with or support those most at risk from Coronavirus are now being invited to book their free tests.

Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. The rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests, which provide results within 1 hour, will be used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals. This will further support the local effort to drive down the city’s infection rate.

Symptom-free tests are available to book online by visiting the council website: www.york.gov.uk/SymptomFreeCovidTest

Individuals who can’t access booking online can call 01904 551 559 to arrange an appointment. The booking line is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Social Care and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“It was fantastic to visit the site today which is a valuable addition to our fight against Coronavirus. These tests, and self-isolating when needed, saves lives and getting tested is free, quick and easy to do.

“We are very grateful that York St John University have allowed us to use this facility and to those who have booked a test so far, it is making a difference. It has been a hard year for everyone and the identification of symptom-free cases of coronavirus will help us to keep the people we love safe and the places we love open.“

 

Alison Semmence, Chief Executive at York CVS, said:

“I’m so pleased that this testing will be available for those working, paid or unpaid, with people who are most at risk. This will provide reassurance to staff and volunteers and enable charities to expand their services to reach people who are most isolated.”