Covid-19 tests expanded in Preston - here's how you can get yours

All essential workers in Preston are being encouraged to access free Covid-19 testing in the city centre.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:14 pm

The service, operating from the Harris, offers free rapid lateral flow tests to essential workers who cannot work from home and are not being tested in their work place.

The self-administered tests are quick to take and usually provide results within an hour.

The list of eligible workers has now been expanded to include all essential workers based in Preston.

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Roles include delivery and taxi drivers, care workers, NHS staff, shop workers, school staff, and community-based workers.

Coun Matthew Brown, leader of Preston City Council, said: “Regular testing is vital to identify and isolate new cases of Covid-19 to prevent localised outbreaks that may threaten the

roadmap out of lockdown.

“Many workers aren’t able to work from home and continue to come into their place of work every day. This free and easy service is available to these workers and I implore everyone to

get tested every three to five days so that any new cases can be identified as soon as possible.

“Support is still available to anybody required to self-isolate.”

Essential workers can visit the Harris, via the Jacson Street entrance, during opening hours for a test. You must bring a valid workplace ID.

Claire McKnight, store manager at M&S Fishergate, said: “The opportunity from Preston BID to take part in regular Covid testing provided by the city council has had a huge positive

impact on my team in M&S.

“The feedback I have received from them about how it has given them peace of mind that they are not coming into work and spreading the virus and more importantly not taking it home to

those they live with.

“The process has been quick and easy.”

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