Covid testing pilot launches locally

Covid-19 testing for people without symptoms has started in North Somerset.

Students and staff at Weston College, in Weston-super-Mare, are the first to be offered the tests as part of a new trial organised by North Somerset Council.

These kinds of tests are helpful in finding people who are infectious with Covid-19 but have no symptoms, so they know to self-isolate and can prevent the virus from spreading.

Results are usually given within a day.

The pilot is part of plans to bring targeted community testing to the area, which could be further extended by new government tier 3 testing options in the future.

It is currently open by invitation-only to students and staff at the college.

If you are offered a test then please take it up as you could be saving a life by reducing the spread Covid-19.

Community testing is different from the tests already available to anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus.

People with these symptoms – a new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – should continue to self-isolate and book a Covid-19 test online or by calling 119.