Programme update for COVID-19 Testing in Cheshire and Merseyside – 13th January 2021

Following the announcement of a national lockdown in England due to the rapidly increasing rise in COVID-19 cases and the general advice for people to stay home unless absolutely necessary, the COVID-19 Testing Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside is concentrating on asymptomatic testing for key workers.

This cohort of key workers includes both public and private sector workers, such as essential shop and supermarket staff, taxi drivers, postal workers and many other key services that people continue to rely on during the lockdown.

Further to this, those who have to mix with others because of either paid, or unpaid, caring commitments are also being advised to take part in regular testing.

The successful Liverpool pilot to deliver SMART testing was rolled-out across the Liverpool City Region just before Christmas; to target everyone in the area and find positive people who were not showing symptoms.

“SMART” testing refers to Systematic, Meaningful, Asymptomatic, Repeated Testing, and around 250,000 people have now been tested as part of the pilot.

All six Local Authorities in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) are now taking part in the pilot programme. In addition to the City Region testing facilities, a new non-symptomatic test centre has also been set-up in Cheshire.

To learn more about this latest phase of COVID-19 Testing, please read this news release, issued on Monday 11th January.


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