COVID-19 self-test kits are available for collection from Epping Library as part of the latest campaign to make testing even more accessible and convenient.
Residents, who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, will be able to collect 2 boxes of 7 tests, so that they can do twice weekly tests at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The self-test kits are simple to use and offer quick results. They can be collected from:
- Epping Library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
- From Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm
Remain vigilant and get tested
Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, said:
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that as lockdown eases people remain vigilant, observe hands, face and space and get tested to make sure we reduce asymptomatic infections as much as possible.
We are particularly keen to test people who cannot work from home, and we are encouraging residents to take a test before seeing relatives or loved ones outside of their lockdown bubble.
It is also vital that people upload their results as directed in the test instructions, and self-isolate as per the government guidance if their result is positive.
Essex County Council received an initial stock of 199,000 home test kits to kick off the scheme. Further tests, and potentially more libraries, will come online.
Children under 18
Anyone in a bubble or household with children under 18 years old should continue to choose the online direct option to get their tests delivered to their home. More details can be found on the Essex County Council website.
Those already receiving a regular supply of self-test kits from another source should continue with their existing route to help increase the availability of testing for people not currently covered by other national testing schemes.
Free tests for employees
For private sector businesses registered with Companies House, a new national workforce testing scheme is available. Those eligible should register on the GOV.UK website.
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