Lateral Flow Testing
Local employers have a vital role to play in minimising the spread of infection of COVID-19 among those who cannot work from home by introducing regular testing to identify asymptomatic cases within their workforce. The Council is now working directly with the Department of Health NI to support a COVID-19 Testing Programme for local businesses.
Update on Rapid Asymptomatic Testing Programme for Workforces:
- All organisations with 10 or more employees or volunteers who cannot work from home are now able to access the workforce asymptomatic testing programme.
- Provision has also been made to enable small businesses or organisations with 10 or less employees who cannot work from home to access rapid Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) tests. The range of options will be expanding over the coming weeks but currently includes a Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) Collect service from Local Testing Sites and a Home Delivery service.
Lateral Flow Test Centre (Pilot for Businesses in Ballymote)
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in conjunction with the Department of Health NI have set up an assisted Asymptomatic Testing Facility at the Ballymote Sports and Wellbeing Centre, Downpatrick where invited businesses can book a slot and undertake a rapid lateral flow test.
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.
From the start of the pandemic, the NI Executive has been working around the clock with a range of partners to fight coronavirus. Use of multiple testing technologies could significantly improve the detection of positive cases, so people can isolate themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. Using rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will help us to protect those at high risk, find the virus and help enable us to go back to as normal a way of life as possible.
This pilot testing service is available at the Ballymote Sports and Well Being Centre, 96 Glebetown Drive, Downpatrick, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1.30pm - 4.30pm.
Booking Your Test
Only individuals from local businesses who have been directly contacted can book a test by clicking here