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STAY SAFE NORTH TYNESIDE: Surge testing ongoing amid Indian variant concerns

STAY SAFE NORTH TYNESIDE: Surge testing ongoing amid Indian variant concerns

Images from North Tyneside Council. Published 24-05-21.


Getting your coronavirus test in North Tyneside.

Surge testing in North Tyneside got underway this weekend with more than 600 people tested in just one day.

COVID-19 cases in North Tyneside have risen from 22 to 53 per 100,000 over the last week and more cases of the variant, first identified in India, have been found in parts of the borough.

There are currently 19 confirmed cases and it is likely that this number will increase.

As a result, the surge testing and additional COVID-19 vaccination capacity is being provided in direct response to protect the public.

On Saturday morning two mobile PCR test sites opened in Bedford Street in North Shields town centre and in Wallsend town centre, next to the Anson pub. Over the day 627 tests were carried out across the two sites

From Monday a third site will open in Shiremoor sited next to Aldi and the Costa café. All three sites will be open from 10am until 4pm each day.

Residents and those who work or learn in North Tyneside are encouraged to make use of these PCR test sites, if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

The guidance for anyone who does have symptoms of COVID-19 remains the same:  stay at home, self-isolate and book a test online or by calling 119.

The existing test sites at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields and the Coronation Street car park in Wallsend should continue to only be used by those with symptoms.

This enhanced testing is in addition to lateral flow tests which the government encourage everyone to do twice a week.

Wendy Burke, North Tyneside Director of Public Health said: “We’re really pleased with the response from the public. To have so many people come out to get tested and do their bit on the day is great to see.

“Testing allows us to trace people who are not showing symptoms and breaks the chains of transmission.

“As well as testing I would urge everyone eligible who hasn’t yet come forward for their vaccination to please do so now – it is the best way to protect yourself, friends and family.”

Additional vaccination services are also being provided in North Tyneside. are being provided following a rise in case numbers and growing concerns around increased cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in India.

Everyone aged 32 and over can now book an appointment and people who have not yet had their first vaccine are urged to book as soon as they can, with thousands of appointments available in community locations across North Tyneside.

In addition, North Tyneside Council and NHS partners are planning to target communities in the next week through pop up mobile vaccination services and testing.

There are over 15,000 weekly appointments available in North Tyneside via the NHS National Booking Service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccinati... or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.


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