People living in the area are urged to continue to book rapid tests at the centre in the town’s Crescent Road up until this weekend, including Sunday.
From Thursday 15th April residents will be able to book symptom free tests at a new venue in the town at the Camden Centre in Royal Victoria Place. This new testing centre will be open between 9am and 7pm.
People in West Kent will continue to be able to access testing at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood and at Cranbrook’s Vestry Hall.
Meanwhile it’s also been announced that the symptom free testing centre at Ramsgate Port’s Terminal Building will close on Sunday 18th April. People who want to book a test are being encouraged to use the sites at Birchington and The Guildhall in Sandwich instead. The Centre in Alpha Road, Birchington will be extending opening hours from 9am to 7pm.
Kent’s Director for Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark, has urged everyone in the county to get a symptom free test twice a week. This week national Government has also announced new clinical guidance that advises everyone in England should now access free, regular, rapid, twice-weekly COVID-19 testing from 9th April.
Booking is easy, there is plenty of availability and the centres help people to access a test quickly so that anyone unknowingly spreading the virus can be identified.
“Twice-weekly testing is a vital part of Kent’s route out of lockdown. The rapid tests give us an accurate picture of virus rates in communities and will play a huge part in helping us to continue to drive down the number of infections and therefore save lives”, said Andrew Scott-Clark.
“ We cannot be complacent. People are still being infected with COVID-19 and if everyone who is eligible is tested regularly then it will help us continue to minimise the spread of the virus.”
If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, a new or continuous cough, a loss or change in taste or smell – you should NOT visit a symptom free testing site and continue to self-isolate.