Published June 2, 2021 at 17:10
As rates of Covid cases rise across Rossendale, everyone who lives or works in the borough are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not, to help track the spread of the latest Variant of Concern.
Rossendale is now amongst the top areas in the national table of areas with the most Covid cases.
This is due, in part, to the latest Variant of Concern (VOC), the variant first identified in India which is now known as the Delta variant.
The Council and NHS are calling for everyone without Coronavirus symptoms in the area to take a PCR test, which can be analysed in a laboratory to help track the spread of the virus variant.
Residents can get a PCR test by appointment at one of the testing sites below:
Marl Pits, Newchurch Road BB4 7SN (every day except Sundays)
John Street, Car Park Haslingden BB4 5QU (from 3rd June)
Whitworth Civic Centre – Market Street OL12 8DP (every day except 14th, 25th, 26th & 27th June)
You will need to select the option, when asked, that the local authority has asked you to test even though you have no symptoms.
These testing units are for people without symptoms to get PCR tests.
Please remember to wear a face covering when you attend for a test and maintain social distancing.
Anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus should stay at home and book a free test online or by phone ( call 119) so they can be tested at allocated specific testing site or have a testing kit sent to their home.