More Shropshire firms offered rapid Covid-19 testing for staff

More Shropshire businesses are being offered rapid testing for Covid-19 for their staff.

Community testing centres have already been rolled out, with rapid coronavirus testing being offered to key workers, and plans are in place to increase capacity.

The aim of the initiative is to provide fast, routine testing for companies with staff who cannot work from home due to the nature of their job.

The council says it is especially interested in involving firms that: have a medium to large number of staff, employ routine and manual workers, have access to occupational health services and/or appropriate staff who can be trained to supervise the tests, have appropriate space to set up to deliver routine testing and are willing to undergo training and to regularly provide data to Shropshire Council’s public health team.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said: “Effective testing is integral if we are going to stop the spread of the virus here in Shropshire.

“We have already seen a strong take up from local organisations looking to offer rapid testing to their staff.

“By identifying cases quickly, they can avoid large outbreaks that can be disruptive to their operations.

"They will also be helping to protect vulnerable people and support the virus control efforts to get the number of cases of Covid-19 down.

“We all need to play our part in getting infections down, and regular testing is one way of reducing the number of cases.”

To find out more about the rapid testing training offer, email lateralflow.phtraining@shropshire.gov.uk

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