New COVID-19 Test Centre for Rossendale

Published October 28, 2020 at 15:39

Rossendale is set to have its own dedicated COVID-19 testing centre.

The centre — a secure and semi-permanent marquee, which will be manned full time for the next three months — will open on the town square in the centre of Rawtenstall on Friday (30 October).

The COVID-19 testing station will only be open to people with symptoms who book a test via either the government website or the app.

The arrival of the new testing facility comes at a time when numbers of positive cases in the borough continue to rise.

Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said: “We welcome the arrival of this test centre in Rawtenstall. Obviously, ­it will make it much easier for people to get a test if they need one and it’s something we have been calling for to help our community.

“Of course, it is key that if you get a positive result you self-isolate and anyone you have been in close contact with also isolates as per NHS Test and Trace instructions.”

Rossendale, along with the rest of Lancashire, was placed into tier 3 of the recently introduced COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month. It has seen the number of positive cases increase significantly since the end of August.

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