All residents of Aylesbury estate asked to get Covid tested, after cases of Indian variant found
Drop-in PCR tests have been made available to adults and children over 10 in the Kingsbrook area - and volunteers will be knocking on doors to deliver tests
Buckinghamshire Council is asking all residents, businesses and visitors to the Kingsbrook area of Aylesbury to get themselves PCR tested, after a 'small number' of cases of the Covid variant first identified in India were found in the area.
Kingsbrook is a large new housing development at the edge Aylesbury, near Bierton.
A council spokesman said that the people involved have self-isolated and followed all of the recommended guidance.
The spokesman added: "We are asking all Kingsbrook residents, businesses and visitors in the HP22 7AA to HP22 7BP postcode areas to undertake PCR testing so that we can help avoid the spread of this variant and understand whether it is spreading in our community.
"Testing will, in combination with measures such as hands-face-space-fresh air and current lockdown guidelines, help to suppress and control the spread of the virus, while enabling a better understanding of the new variant."
Bucks Council works with Public Health England to monitor Covid-19 across the county.
The PCR tests should be done even if people are not showing any symptoms, if they have previously had Covid-19, or they have had a Covid-19 vaccination.
There are a number of Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) where people in the area can get the PCR test. They do not need to make an appointment – they can just turn up at:
Lidl Supermarket Car Park, 61 Oakfield Road, Aylesbury HP22 1GD: Thursday to Saturday, May 13 to 15 from 9am to 5pm;
Aktiva Nursery and Pre-School Car Park, Siding Road, Broughton, Bierton, HP22 7AY: Thursday to Saturday, May 13 to 15 from 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 6.30pm;
The Dog House Public House Car Park, Broughton Lane, Broughton, Bierton, HP22 5AL: Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, from 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 6.30pm;
Unit 3, Vale Retail Park, 658 Vale Park Drive, Aylesbury HP20 1DH: Thursday to Saturday, May 13 to 15, from 8am to 6.30pm - people can attend this site to collect a test or drop off a completed one.
A group of official volunteers will also be knocking on doors in the Kingsbrook area on Saturday May 15 between 9.15am and 4.30pm to deliver tests to people who have not been able to attend a MTU. They will have official identification and do not need to enter the home or ask for money or for any personal details.
Director of Public Health for Buckinghamshire, Jane O’Grady, said: “The UK has one of the best genome surveillance systems in the world, which has allowed us to detect the variant first identified in India, here in the Kingsbrook area.
"I urge everyone to come forward for a test to help us to monitor the virus in our communities and to help suppress and control the spread of this variant.
"The most important thing is that people continue to follow the guidance that is in place – wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, keep your distance, cover your face.
"Please remember meeting outdoors is safer than indoors. If you are meeting indoors, make sure spaces are well ventilated. If you test positive, you must isolate to stop the spread of the virus.”
Anyone who is unable to attend any of the test centres, can order a PCR test online here and completing the form. Buckinghamshire Council will then send a test out to their home address.
People living in the area are still allowed to go to work, send their children to school and go about their usual business while the testing is taking place, but must ensure they are following the current Covid guidelines.
Anyone with symptoms must not attend any of the Mobile Testing Units. If they want to take a test they will need to visit the Government website here and order one to be delivered to their home, or call 119.
Anyone who has a positive test will be notified in two or three days by text, email or phone call. All positive tests will be sequenced to identify any further spread of the new variant first discovered in India. This will enable a better understanding and identify if there are any more cases of this variant in the area.
Anyone testing positive will need to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the date of their positive test.
The council is also asking that all children aged 11 or older are tested. Children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
People who already do ‘rapid testing’, ‘workplace testing’, ‘lateral flow testing’ or ‘school based testing’ are still asked to have the PCR test.
Yes, this is a PCR test which if it is positive is then genetically sequenced to see if the Variant is present. The tests used for ‘rapid testing’, ‘workplace testing’ ‘lateral flow testing’ and ‘school based testing’ are different and cannot be genetically sequenced to see what variant is present.
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