RAPID testing will be coming to Barnsley to help test key workers and discover asymptomatic patients.

 

A testing centre will be set up at the Metrodome and will roll out lateral flow tests for critical workers who are unable to stay at home to do their job, and who are more likely to come into contact with vulnerable people.

 

The lateral tests provide results in an hour, and will be used to identify asymptomatic people who may have the virus unknowingly.

 

Roughly one-in-three people have the virus but show no symptoms and could be contributing to the spread of the virus without knowing it.

 

The new tests can help find those with the virus more quickly.

 

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “Following the government’s announcement regarding local authorities being encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown, rapid regular testing is also being made available to those people who live and/or work in Barnsley.

 

The criteria for this will be the same – critical workers who are unable to stay at home due to their job role and who are likely to come into contact with vulnerable residents.

 

People wanting to take part will need to commit to taking a test twice a week for at least six weeks.”

 

To apply for rapid testing, click here.