A series of case studies on community testing.
Targeted community testing remains a crucial part of the country’s efforts to tackle coronavirus alongside the roll out of the vaccine. It is integral to an effective contact tracing system and in supporting efforts to supress the virus.
Councils are working hard to ensure that testing is accessible and available to all in their communities, setting up community testing hubs, testing hubs and other; working with key partners in their local area. To achieve the best results going forward, it is essential that directors of public health are afforded flexibility and freedom in using rapid flow tests in their area.
Local expertise has proved vital in combating the virus and this will enable directors of public health utilise their local knowledge of level and location of infection in areas properly.
This report showcases some of the work being done and the lessons that are being learned. Councils are ensuring the testing works within the whole system of test and trace.
They are using their local knowledge to successfully reach their community, by cross-checking their records and identifying where vulnerable people are or where a different type of testing is needed.
But the strength in councils delivering these services does not solely lie in their ability to reach people. They are also able to help them isolate through support networks, many of which were established in the first wave to support vulnerable groups.
Whether it is arranging food or medicines deliveries or simply finding someone to walk the dog, councils are making it easier for people to stay at home and, therefore, reduce transmission of the virus.
Work is ongoing, with continuous improvement of the access to testing. As the examples here demonstrate, they look set to plan an ever-increasing role as the battle against coronavirus intensifies.
Councillor Ian Hudspeth,
Chairman of LGA's Community Wellbeing Board
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