Door-to-door coronavirus testing will begin on Tuesday morning (2nd Feb) after a specific variant of COVID-19 was identified.
A full list of postcodes including ME15, ME16 and ME17 is below.
All members of the household aged 16 and over are required to carry out a test whether they have symptoms or not.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the ’surge testing’ of residents for the new South African variant of Covd-19 (SARS CoV2) within the ME15 postcode area of Maidstone which includes the wards of South, Loose, High Street and Shepway North.
Testing is being led by the Kent Resilience Forum and households within the ME15 area will be visited by staff from Kent Police, Maidstone Borough Council, Kent Fire and Rescue and other support agencies, who will knock on their door and ask everyone aged 16 and over to carry out a test. The testing kit will be dropped off, residents will self-administer it, the kit will then be picked up within a short time after the initial visit by the same team. They will NOT enter your home.
Residents should take this test whether they have symptoms or not. If residents have either just had a test – or are booked in for a test soon – it is important that they still take this test as additional sequencing for test positives will be undertaken.
The UK has one of the best genomic systems in the world which has allowed us to detect the variant originating in South Africa here in Kent and I urge everyone offered a test to take it up to help us to monitor the virus in our communities and to help suppress and control the spread of this variant.
The most important thing is that people continue to follow the guidance that is in place – limit your number of contacts, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, keep your distance and cover your face.
If you test positive by any method, you must isolate to stop the spread of the virusDr Alison Barnett, Regional Director at Public Health England South East
A mobile testing unit will also be based in the car park outside the YMCA at Melrose Close, Shepway to assist people who are unable to be tested at home and used as a drop off point for these tests.
The test site will work in such a way as to ensure that people arriving for a test are kept separate from nearby buildings and in a manner to minimise disruption for everyone.
This new South African (SARS CoV2) variant has been identified as a result of a positive test of an individual who lives and works in our borough and where no connection to travel to South Africa could be established, consequently raising the prospect of community transmission.
We all need to play our part in helping in this surge-testing, and I am encouraging everyone to help and support this huge exercise. I cannot stress how important it is for everyone to keep following the Hands, Face Space government advice.Cllr Martin Cox Leader of Maidstone Borough Council
People are asked to continue to follow the national restrictions and government guidance that is currently in place.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, please book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
Everyone without symptoms should get tested every 2 weeks, especially if you’re leaving the house for a necessary reason, such as going to work or shopping for essentials. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.
To find information on symptom-free test sites across Kent and book a test, go to www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest
Postcodes: Door to door Testing
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