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A targeted enhanced testing programme is being rolled out across the ME14 1 area of Maidstone in response to confirmation of a number of cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Appointments at the testing unit are ‘walk in’

Those living or working in the ME14 1 postcode and anyone who has attended the Quaker Meeting House on Union Street, Maidstone, within the last month, without symptoms of the coronavirus and over the age of 12, is invited to get a PCR test at the mobile testing unit stationed at the Quaker Meeting House.

The testing unit will be open 9am – 5pm from Friday 4th June until Monday 7th June for walk-in appointments (which means you cannot book an appointment) at this address:

Quaker Meeting House
Maidstone
ME14 1EE

Please note that children aged 13-15 must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Those taking part will be notified of their result – whether positive or negative for coronavirus – in the usual way, by NHS Test and Trace and are not expected to self-isolate while awaiting the outcome. All positive results will be sent for further analysis and genome-sequencing to determine which strain of the virus is present.

Anyone who currently has symptoms of coronavirus – high temperature, a new or continuous cough, a loss or change in taste or smell – should not take part in this enhanced testing initiative but should book a test by visiting the GOV.UK website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Kent’s interim Director of Public Health, Dr Allison Duggal, said: “We’re introducing this testing as there have been some confirmed cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Maidstone. It’s important to remember that the number of cases of the Delta variant of concern in the county are still low – and that those identified positive cases have isolated appropriately, with their contacts traced and testing offered.

“But we don’t want to take anything for granted. Working closely with Public Health England and Maidstone Borough Council, we are adopting a highly precautionary approach, continually assessing the situation and acting quickly to tackle outbreaks before they have a chance to spread.

“If you live or work in the ME14 1 area, I urge you to get tested at the mobile testing site even if you have had one or two Covid vaccinations. While the vaccination prevents most people from suffering from severe illness, it doesn’t mean you cannot get COVID-19, and we need to do everything we can to keep the most vulnerable in our communities safe and well. If everyone plays their part by continuing to follow the public health advice in their local area, we can break chains of transmission and keep Kent safe.”

By Ed

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