Collect yours here and keep those close to you safer.
COVID-19 self-test kits are available for collection from some local pharmacies, Epping Library or online from the NHS as part of the latest campaign to make testing even more accessible and convenient.
Residents, who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, can collect 2 boxes of 7 tests, so that they can do twice weekly tests at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Get a test to do at home
The test is simple, and quick to carry out at home.
- NHS – Find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests
- NHS – Find a test site where you can collect rapid tests
- GOV.UK – Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
Alternatively you can pick one up from Epping Library is at St John’s Road, Epping,CM16 5D, from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.
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.
Anyone in a bubble or household with children aged from 0 to 18 years old should continue to choose the online direct option to get their tests delivered to their home.
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.
For private sector businesses registered with Companies House, a new national workforce testing scheme is available.
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