Over a thousand Hounslow residents take part in new rapid Covid testing

A total of 1056 Hounslow residents have had a Lateral Flow rapid Covid-19 test during the first week of the service going live in the borough, with more seizing the chance to book tests online.

Lateral Flow rapid tests are for all residents, but especially key workers to detect if they have the virus and are not aware.

The pre-booked rapid test appointments, for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, have been available at Hounslow House and Heston Library since 5 January.

About one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, but can still pass the virus to others without knowing. Local ‘rapid tests’ take 15 minutes and provide a result within 40 minutes and are available for anyone who still needs to go out for work – key workers, carers, tradespeople and essential retail workers – who need a quick result and regular testing.

People without COVID-19 symptoms, who are 18 years old and over, can book a free rapid test online for appointments at either Hounslow House or Heston Library via the Hounslow Council website.

Hounslow Council is increasing COVID-19 testing capacity at these two rapid test centres, before rolling out further testing sites across the borough. This is to ensure as many symptomless people as possible can get tested.

New testing sites will open at Wellington Day Centre (from Monday 18 January) and Isleworth Library (from Tuesday 19 January).

If you would like more information on Lateral Flow testing in Hounslow, click here.

Current infection rate “extremely high”

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The current infection rate in the borough is extremely high and we’re doing all we can to help reduce it as quickly as possible. Rapid testing is an opportunity for us all to do our bit, and plays an important role in tackling the virus by identifying those who don’t have symptoms, but who may still have coronavirus and be spreading it without knowing. If you can’t work from home, or if others in your household still go out for work, please book your rapid test online.”

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See also: Rapid COVID-19 tests available in Hounslow

See also: All you might want to know about Covid in our area – Kelly O’Neill

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