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COVID tests to be handed out in key areas across York

Published Tuesday, 1 June 2021

City of York Council’s contact tracers will once again be out in communities this week offering symptom-free coronavirus tests in an effort to help case numbers remain low and keep the city open.

Council staff will be visiting communities in the city offering testing kits to residents and encouraging them to test themselves twice a week, to stop the virus from spreading. This work will support the Council’s efforts to increase the number of people being tested for COVID to identify symptom-free cases and stop the spread of the virus.

The team will be going out and about on Wednesday 2 June and Friday 5 June.

On Wednesday 2 June the teams will visit properties in Alcuin Avenue, Burlington Avenue, Etty Avenue and Flaxman Avenue . 

On Friday 4 June the teams will be out on March Street, Abbott Street, Penley Grove Street, St John Street, Garden Street and Fern Street. 

It is not as the result of increased cases in that area or the presence of a variant of concern. It represents the council’s continued efforts to improve the frequency and accessibility of COVID tests for residents and to take a proactive and preventative approach to keep cases down. As they did last time, staff will have Council ID cards for identification and will be handing out free tests, so residents will never be asked to pay.

This work is on top of the council’s other efforts to get people tested:

  • Continuing to offer testing kits to employers in the city so that staff can get tested.
  • Continuing to offer in-person testing and collection service at the University of York, York St John University, York Leisure Centre at the York Stadium Leisure Complex, Acomb Explore and Foxwood Community Centre.
  • Continuing to offer in-person testing at St William’s College with residents, employees and visitors able to access this service.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

The targeted handing-out of COVID tests last month was a great success.

"Actively reaching out into our communities is crucial to ensuring the continued success of our city in combatting the virus, and I hope that these continued efforts by the council will be warmly welcomed by residents. 

“It is of great importance that we continue our efforts to keep each other safe and keep York open.  Getting tested regularly, getting the vaccine when you are eligible and remembering Hands, Face, Space, and Fresh Air, are a key part of that.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health, City of York Council said:

Last month council staff handed out hundreds of free COVID tests to people across York, and were well received by residents.

“We are continuing to take a preventative approach. 1 in 3 cases of Coronavirus has no symptoms. As we are able to see more of our friends and family we want to give our city the best possible chance of keeping cases down by encouraging more people to get tested.

“Infection rates in York remain low currently but we can’t afford to be complacent. I would like to thank everyone in the city for their continued efforts. It is through this vigilance practicing Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air, getting tested regularly and getting the vaccine when called that we can continue to reopen our city and protect our recovery from the pandemic.”