It is vital there is access to testing where it is needed the most. Steps have been taken by the Government to increase testing capacity, helping us to get to a point where everybody who wants to get tested is able to get tested.
We have expanded eligibility so that now, anyone in the counrty who is displaying symptoms can be tested. There is a drive-through centre in Curtis Way, Rochester, where the majority of people will be tested, but home testing kits can also be ordered. A mobile testing unit will be moving around the county and will show up at a test location on the booking system if if is nearby and available.
Medway has also been offering mass asymptomatic testing in order to help reduce the high transmission that we have seen. Supported by the armed forces, these tests can give results in around half an hour and has identified a vast number of infected people who were not showing symptoms. Mass testing of school children also took place before the Christmas 2020 school holidays.