RESIDENTS who took part in a mass Covid testing pilot in Tamworth have been praised for playing their part in efforts to manage the spread of the virus.
More than 1,500 testing kits were returned to the special collection points during the five-day pilot. People who missed the drop-off deadline can still return their kits by post. Details are included in the instruction leaflet sent with the kits.
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, said:
“In order to make the easing of lockdown restrictions work, we need to keep testing people and communities to help prevent a third wave.
“By taking part in this pilot, residents will have helped us learn more about how and where the virus might be still spreading and I would like to thank all those who have helped us by taking part in this pilot.”
The NHS Test and Trace pilot was run in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council and targeted around 6,000 households in the Glascote and Stonydelph areas.
The county council is also matching every kit returned to the Sacred Heart Collection point with £1 up to a maximum of £500 – with proceeds going to the Heart of Tamworth Community Food Shop.
The kits have now been delivered to the labs for analysis.