Two asymptomatic testing centres are expected to open in the area in an effort to drive down infection rates.
Manton Sports club, located in Worksop, is one of the centres which has reopened as an asymptomatic testing centre today (February 2).
The local council are encouraging all adults aged 18-65 without symptoms to be tested at the centre, but only if it is in their local area.
Young people aged under 18 are also being encouraged to get tested, with under 16s being accompanied by an adult.
A second asymptomatic testing site will open in Worksop next week at Crown Place Community Centre on Sandy Lane.
Bassetlaw District Council have said that they launched their asymptomatic testing centres to help “drive down transmission”.
They said: “The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is launching at Manton Sports in Worksop on Tuesday, February 2, and Crown Place Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Worksop on Wednesday, February 10, to help drive down transmission rates.
“Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
“Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.
“With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas.”
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “Community testing is designed to identify those who have no symptoms but are positive, particularly people who are in jobs that don’t allow them to work from home.
“Testing will enable us to ensure that the necessary advice and support can be put in place so we can break the chain of transmission.”
Visitors to the testing sites will be encouraged to bring their smartphones to register for their result and wear face coverings at all times.
Results of asymptomatic testing are expected to be received within 30 minutes of having a test.
By Faith Pring
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