COVID is causing a health and economic crisis in Liverpool worse than anything most of us have ever seen. Rapid and accurate testing with people getting results fast is a way of us suppressing the outbreak and getting back to a less restricted way of living. That is why I welcome the work of our Mayor Joe Anderson in bringing a Government pilot for mass COVID testing to the Liverpool City Council area.
Everyone living and working in the Liverpool City Council area will be able to get a test, hopefully within a mile of where they live. For the next 10 days to two weeks, you can get a test. You do not have to be experiencing symptoms.
I think this is really good news for our city as mass testing can ease the extreme pressures on our local NHS. 25 – 73% of transmission is by people who are asymptomatic and this kind of testing programme should pick people up as carriers much faster and help to stop the spread of COVID. If people can get tested more quickly, it’ll also mean that people told to isolate who may not actually have the virus will be able to get back to work and school more quickly, if they can confirm they’ve tested negative.
Testing is entirely voluntary and you won’t have to pay to take a test, those who test positive will simply have to self isolate to prevent spreading the virus. You won’t be paid for taking the test but, if you test positive and have to self isolate, you may be eligible for the test and trace support payment.
I hope all my Constituents will get a test. If we get enough people to take part, it could mean we don’t go back into tier 3 when lockdown ends in December. That would mean fewer restrictions still in place by Christmas and perhaps a chance to see our families.
The following centres are open today (Wednesday 11th November), with those highlighted in bold in my Constituency:
- Aintree Baptist Church, Longmoor Lane, L9 0EH
- Alder Sports and Social Club, Alder Rd, L12 2AY
- Bridge Community Centre, Daneville Road, L4 9RG
- Croxteth Sports Centre, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
- Deysbrook Village Community Centre, Deysbrook Way, West Derby, L12 4XF
- Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, L3 4FP
- Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, L17 1AG
- Lifestyles Alsop Fitness Centre, 1 Walton Village, L4 6RW
- Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson, Conleach Road, Speke, L24 0TR
- Lifestyles Ellergreen, Ellergreen Road, L11 2XY
- Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium, L4 0TH
- Lifestyles Garston, Long Lane, L19 6PE
- Lifestyles Park Road, Steble Street, L8 6QH
- Lifestyles Walton, Walton Hall Park, L4 9XP
- Liverpool Hope University Sports Centre, Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, L169JD
- Liverpool Tennis Centre, Wellington Road, L15 4LE
- LJMU IM Marsh Sports Centre, Holmefield Road, L19 3PE
- Merseyside Caribbean Centre, Amberley Street, Toxteth, L8 1YJ
- St Stephen’s Church Hall, Belle Vale Rd, L25 2PQ
- St Johns Market, Liverpool city centre
- University of Liverpool gym, Bedford Street North, L69 7ZN
Please only attend these centres if you DON’T have symptoms. Anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms can still attend any of the existing centres or a mobile testing unit which can be booked via www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Testing is by appointment only and you can book a testing slot by visiting www.gov.uk/testliverpool.
If you want to see how busy each test centre is, to avoid busier testing sites, you can view the live map here: https://liverpool.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
11,000 homes in the L25 area of my Constituency have been issued with home testing kits. Click here for more information about how the home testing kits work.
You can listen to my interview, with my initial reaction to the mass testing pilot on the 5 Live Emma Barnett Show here.