Surge testing to expand in Kirklees

Enhanced testing is to be expanded in Kirklees from tomorrow (Tuesday 8 June), with more communities across the borough invited to get a PCR test to help identify cases of the Covid-19 variant first detected in India.

Surge and enhanced testing began in Kirklees on 26 May, with council staff knocking on people’s doors in Savile Town and Thornhill Lees, asking anyone over the age of 11 to take a PCR test. We have also been door knocking in Batley following a great response from Savile Town and Thornhill Lees.

Drop-in testing units were also set up in Savile Town, Honley and Batley to offer people in these areas a drop-in asymptomatic PCR test – and they remain open. People can also get a asymptomatic test at one our established sites, see our website for further details.

This has been done in Kirklees because we have high – and rising – infection rates and we have identified cases of the variant first detected in India locally. PCR tests are being used because positive results can be sent to specialist laboratories where they can identify variants of concern, and see where they have spread.

So far, surge and enhance testing since launching in Kirklees on 26 May has seen almost 2,000 PCR tests taken through door-knocking, with a further almost 5,000 tests taken through schools surge testing which has involved pupils, staff and their households. There have been 171 new positive cases identified and isolated as a result of this work.

Surge testing will now be expanded to Thornhill, Heckmondwike, Liversedge and Westborough and Dewsbury Moor, with residents in these areas to be door-knocked and offered an asymptomatic PCR test from Tuesday 8 June 2021.

An additional mobile testing unit will also open tomorrow (Tuesday 8 June) at Albion Street Car Park, Heckmondwike, WF16 9LQ and will be open from 10am-4pm every day for asymptomatic PCR testing walk ups for people in these areas aged 11 and over.

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

 

  • Dewsbury: Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF (Everyday 8am-8pm)
  • Huddersfield: Percy Shaw House, also known as Queen Street Studios, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3BB. (Everyday 8am-8pm)
  • Ravensthorpe: Ravensthorpe KNH (Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing), Queen Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3BT. (Everyday 8am-8pm)
  • Savile Town: Taleem Training and Community Centre, Orchard Street, Savile Town, Dewsbury, WF12 9LT. (Everyday 10am-4pm)
  • Honley: Honley Community Centre, Stony Lane, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6DY. Open 10am-4pm from 26 May 2021. (Everyday 10am-4pm)
  • Batley: Wards Hill Car Park, Wellington Street, Batley, WF17 5HR. Open 10am-4pm from 26 May 2021. (Everyday 10am-4pm)

Door-knocking may 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 244,000 local people having had their first dose and 167,000 of those have received their second.

We’re urging anyone aged 25 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination now.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “Our infection rate is high and is still rising. We have also had a small number of cases of the variant, first detected in India, confirmed in the borough which we know spreads more easily.

“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, our number of hospital admissions and deaths related to Covid-19 remain low, but we all have to do what we can to make sure this remains the case. in Kirklees and in the last week we had no deaths linked to the virus.

“In addition to taking part in our PCR surge testing and enhanced testing, there are a number of ways we all need to play our part to bring Kirklees’ infection rate down so we can safely continue to follow the roadmap out of lockdown.

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 30 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.”