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Military to Operate Mobile COVID-19 Testing Unit in Scarborough

Military to Operate Mobile COVID-19 Testing Unit in Scarborough

Published by Matthew Pells at 8:09am 25th April 2020. (Updated at 9:55am 25th April 2020)

The Military are to operate a mobile COVID-19 testing unit in Scarborough to help test key workers for the virus.

The Chief Executive of north Yorkshire County Council, Richard Flinton, says it's one of a number of testing measures being put into place across the region.

"A super centre in York will pilot key worker testing this Sunday and then operate from Poppleton Park & Ride site from Monday. A national booking system is in place.

We also look set to have a military-operated mobile testing unit in Scarborough for key workers on the coast.

Alongside this – North Yorkshire has been chosen by the Department of Health and Social Care to be part of the home testing pilot – again for essential workers. This means more of our front line critical staff can get back to work more quickly and can carry on delivering vital services to the public. "

Richard Flinton made the announcement in the councils weekly update to residents. It's not yet clear when the testing in Scarborough will commence or how key workers will access the service.

He also praised a Filey couple who started making protective masks with their 3D printer to supply a local GP in in the town – a local group donated some funds from a community bingo game so they could buy another printer to make more. 

In the council's bulletin North Yorkshire's Director of Public Health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant provided an update on the number of COVID cases and deaths in the county, he said..

"We currently have 718 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across North Yorkshire. However, this focuses on those who have been tested in hospital settings, which will only be a proportion of the total number. We expect that hospital cases are around 8% of the total number of cases across the community.

There have been 356 deaths in hospital trusts covering North Yorkshire (Airedale, Harrogate, South Tees, and York) to date.  Data are reported at trust level and it is not yet possible to determine deaths for North Yorkshire residents reliably as all trusts apart from Harrogate serve large populations outside North Yorkshire. However, estimates suggest around 132 of these deaths will be of North Yorkshire residents.

Over the last week the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in hospitals has continued to plateau. We are not likely to see a sharp rise in cases from this point but expect to remain at the current level of activity over the next few weeks. The increased number of tests carried out in the community (for key workers and care homes in particular) will contribute to this."

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