Community Home Covid testing update

With the return of pupils to school this week as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we hope to launch our home testing scheme Community Collect on 22 March.

It’s for people with sustained contact with school children and early years. This includes anyone living in households with children, members of support bubbles, childcare and those in related occupations (as defined by central government).

They’ll be able to collect free lateral flow tests from our community testing sites at Braywick and Windsor Leisure Centres and take them home to do. These testing kits will contain instructions on how to use them and register the results online.

We’re currently putting the finishing touches to our plans so keep a lookout next week on our social media channels and when our webpage for this scheme goes live. Alternatively, email our community testing programme

Community testing free of charge for COVID-19, using lateral flow tests, is available for those in public facing jobs who cannot work from home - such as supermarket workers, delivery drivers and people working in health and care services.

Since launching its Community Testing, on 8 February, The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has so far tested 4,479 people and found 19 asymptomatic cases. That’s scuppered 19 chances for the virus to spread.

If your job is public facing and cannot be done at home, get tested twice weekly free of charge at either Braywick or Windsor Leisure Centres. They're open early mornings, evenings, and weekends to make it easier for you to fit around your working hours. And don't be worried about losing pay if you test positive and need to self-isolate. There’s financial support available if you do.

The Royal Borough’s community testing is now going to be extended until at least the end of June, along with other local authorities across England. This is to tie-in with the gradual lifting of lockdown, during the next few months, with more of us returning to public workplaces and being out and about. Find out about our community testing and how to book online.

Community testing is a crucial tool in our healthcare box – along with hands, face and space – to help us all return to a normal way of life as quickly as possible. The actions of every single one of us counts.

Last week we posted a selection of videos on our social media, from local people, getting tested to show how easy it is. They are too big to attach to this email, but please feel free to forward them directly from our Facebook and Twitter platforms. Remember, you’re also more than welcome to repost any of our COVID-19 social media posts. Again, for technical reasons, we cannot embed their direct links in this email, but you can find them all here:

· Twitter - @RBWM

· Facebook - RBWM

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