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Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit In Whitby

Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit In Whitby

Published by Karen Liu with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 6:26am 6th May 2020. (Updated at 10:24am 6th May 2020)

A military run Mobile Testing Unit for Coronavirus is in Whitby today.

North Yorkshire County Council says it is for key workers and priority testing.

It is based at Whitby’s park and ride site on the A171 and the tests are for people who have registered online and the site will be open today, tomorrow and Friday.

Register online here: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk

See who is eligible: http://gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

The authority said:

"High demand for testing sites appointments means that not everyone will always be able to get an appointment for every employer referral.

We are working hard to ensure everyone who needs a test can get a test.

The portal is now open and text messages are now being sent to those previously referred. Thank you for your patience."

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said:

"This week has seen a big uplift in the Covid-19 testing offer to staff and to all those people delivering services, stacking shelves, delivering parcels and keeping the county safe.

There have been a number of days where we have had 4 military-operated mobile essential worker testing units in the county.

Visiting Scarborough, Whitby, Richmond, Northallerton, Skipton, Settle, Harrogate and even Flamingo Land - more than 4,100 tests have already been carried out at these mobile sites.

That’s in addition to the 5,500 tests completed at the regional centre near York which serves the county.

These tests are critical both now and, looking ahead, in us being able to safely get these key staff back to work – where we need them – helping to keep the county fed and well.

The County Council is, with other agencies, offering a great deal of support to coordinate this effort."

 

 

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