Residents of Cochrane Castle are being urged to find out if they have Covid19 at a temporary testing site for people with no symptoms of the virus is set up in the area.
The testing site will be open from Wednesday and aims to slow the spread of the virus in the area.
Cases of COVID-19 have been increasing in the Johnstone area.
The facility will be in Cochrane Castle Community Centre and will be run on a drop-in basis – no booking is needed.
It is being targeted at anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Cochrane Castle and is only for those who are not displaying any symptoms. Residents of Johnstone Castle would also be accepted.
Anyone who does have Covid19 symptoms (new persistent cough – high temperature – a loss of, or change in, taste or smell) should book a test for an NHS-run centre instead.
The facility will use lateral flow tests – which are quick tests that will be processed on site and people will get their results by text message within 45 minutes.
It is being run and staffed by Renfrewshire Council as part of the national rollout of community testing sites.
It follows a successful deployment of temporary COVID-19 test sites in Ferguslie, Linwood and Renfrew.
The testing site will be open on these dates and times:
- Wednesday 14th July – 9am to 5pm
- Thursday 15th July – 11am to 7pm
- Friday 16th July – 9am to 5pm
- Saturday 17th July – 11am to 3.30pm
- Sunday 18th July – 11am to 3.30pm
- Monday 19th July – 9am to 5pm
- Tuesday 20th July – 9am to 5pm
Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, chair of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “Now that the restrictions are easing and we have universal testing, it’s important that we all get tested as often as we can. Temporary testing sites, like Cochrane Castle Community Centre, play an important part in helping to keep cases low and further reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone who lives, works or who goes to school in the Cochrane Castle area should drop into the centre and take a test. By doing this, you are helping yourself, your loved ones and your community.”
Anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate – along with the rest of their household – for ten days.
Financial support is available – you may be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant and can apply for this through the council.