Surge testing to start in Kirklees

In a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19, increased testing begins in Kirklees tomorrow, with extra support for areas of the borough with highest infection rates.

With Kirklees’ infection rate one of the highest in the country, and cases of the Indian variant detected locally, a programme of increased testing in the borough’s areas with highest infection rates is underway and anyone who lives or works in Kirklees is now able to get an asymptomatic PCR test.

Council and NHS staff will be door-knocking in Savile Town and Thornhill Lees from 26 May 2021, asking all residents over the age of 11 to take a PCR Covid-19 test. All residents in those two areas over the age of 18 will also be offered an appointment for their Covid-19 vaccine first dose if they have not already taken it.

An additional mobile testing unit has also been set-up in Savile Town at Taleem Training and Community Centre, Orchard Street where anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit to take a PCR test. Open 10am-4pm from 26 May 2021.

Additional testing units have also been set-up in Honley and Batley from 26 May 2021. All people aged 11 and over in these areas are urged to get a PCR test at new local mobile testing units at:

  • Honley Site – Honley Community Centre, Stony Lane, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6DY. Open 10am-4pm from 26 May 2021.
  • Batley Site – Wards Hill Car Park, Wellington Street, Batley, WF17 5HR. Open 10am-4pm from 26 May 2021.

 

Anyone who lives or works in Kirklees can also get an asymptomatic PCR test at the below testing sites between 8am-8pm and help us detect potential cases of the new variant and prevent further spread:

  • Dewsbury: Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF
  • Huddersfield: Percy Shaw House, also known as Queen Street Studios, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3BB.
  • Ravensthorpe: Ravensthorpe KNH (Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing), Queen Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3BT

There are no restrictions to travel into and out of Kirklees. Kirklees’ cross-party Outbreak Control Board has released a joint statement on travel restrictions.

Door-knocking will be introduced to other areas at a later date, based on what the data tells us.

Local testing centres remain open across Kirklees so all residents can continue to get asymptomatic testing twice a week.

Go to Getting a PCR test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with more than 225,000 local people having had their first dose and 139,000 of those have received their second.

We’re urging anyone aged 32 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination now.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “We’re at a really critical stage of the pandemic. Our infection rate in Kirklees has been increasing in the last few weeks and we’re doing everything possible to learn more about the spread of the virus locally and to prevent it. We have also had a small number of cases of the new variant, first detected in India, confirmed in the borough which we know spreads more easily. Please be reassured that this variant does not appear to lead to more serious illness.

“Following the Government’s announcement last week, we’ve quickly put together our increased testing plan. This increased offer will help us to identify and isolate any further cases of this new variant we might have and can support us in bringing our rate down. We’re focussing extra support in areas with the highest rates of infection, including the offer of vaccine appointments. But we are urging anyone who lives or works in Kirklees to play their part and visit one of our PCR testing centres and get tested.

“It’s quick, easy, painless and you’ll be playing a vital role in helping us to understand more about the way the virus is spreading in Kirklees. We are using PCR tests so that positive results can be sent to specialist laboratories where they can identify variants of concern, and see where they have spread.

“Thankfully, we’re not seeing a major impact on the number of hospital admissions related to Covid-19 in Kirklees and in the last week we had no deaths linked to the virus. Our main objective is to keep it that way and bringing our infection rate down is how we do this.

“I’m also urging everyone in Kirklees to be extra cautious and stick to all the public guidance.

Every vaccination matters. We’re working with Government to increase our vaccine offer. The more people that take it, the safer we all are and the sooner we can get back to normality. You’ll be contacted when it’s your turn and anyone aged 32 and over in Kirklees can book their vaccination now.

“It’s really important, that even when you have received your vaccine, that you continue to do the basics: hands, face, space as well as letting plenty of fresh air indoors.

“Getting tested regularly is a really effective way we can all prevent the spread of the virus. This is really important even if you have been vaccinated.

“Thank you all for playing your part.”