Following the government announcement on 10 January, Devon County Council is working at speed with partners to introduce community testing. This will support existing testing arrangements and complement the national roll-out of lateral flow tests in some settings such as universities and schools and with some large employers.
Community testing will help to find individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and need to isolate and who may inadvertently be spreading the virus. A positive or negative result will not remove the need to follow existing COVID measures socially and in the workplace.
Testing for workers and people in key support roles
Testing will be prioritised to help key workers and workers in high-risk occupations who still have to attend work, and people who are in contact with vulnerable individuals, such as carers.
Rapid lateral flow tests will be used, which will provide a result within thirty minutes. This will not be a substitute for the national coronavirus testing – if you are symptomatic, people should book a free NHS test or by calling 119.
Community testing locations
The first site is planned to open near the end of January, at County Hall in Exeter, with other sites planned to become available across the county in February and March.
Further information about how carers, self-employed people and others can get tested will be available from this page as the details become available.
To understand demand, organisations and employers who have staff and workers who would be eligible for testing are encouraged to register their details.
Temporary employment to support this programme
Devon County is also recruiting people on a temporary basis to support and deliver this and other programmes of support to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- business administration (agenda/minute taking and email correspondence)
- on-line call handling (with team colleagues, care providers in the community or queries from members of the public)
- IT and data inputting (for the organisation of data and maintenance of spreadsheets)
- supervision of children in a protected environment (for court directed contact of children and their relatives)
- community care roles (providing care or care-related support in the community)
- customer service and recording data (working in community primary care settings, not remote working)
Please check back to this page for further updates.