Published Tuesday, 11 May 2021
The COVID-19 community testing site in the city centre is set to change its location to a new home in Market Way.
The centre is this week leaving its base at the Transport Museum as the venue prepares to reopen to visitors, and will move to 14 Market Way (CV1 1DL), by the entrance to Coventry Market, opposite Sports Direct.
The Transport Museum site will close to the public at 6.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday 12 May).
Tests will then be available at the Mobile Testing Unit outside the Museum from 8.30am on Thursday, with the new centre in Market Way opening its doors at 9.30am on Monday 17 May.
There will be no disruption to testing in the city centre.
The new centre will have four testing booths and be capable of carrying out around 420 tests every day.
People will also be able to collect tests from the centre to carry out at home as part of the Community Collect Service, which allows everyone to go along to one of the city’s seven Community Testing Centres and pick up two boxes – 14 kits – of Lateral Flow Tests.
The centres have been a great success and have so far discovered over 1,000 positive cases – people who would otherwise never have known they had the virus and were at risk of passing it on to loved ones, colleagues and other members of the public.
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health, said: “We would like to thank the Transport Museum and Culture Coventry for playing such a vital role in helping our city fight the spread of COVID.
“The centre has been really popular, but now with the easing of restrictions the Museum can re-open its fantastic collections to the public and play a major part in our year as UK City of Culture, so we are moving – but not far.
“Our new home in Market Way puts us right in the heart of the re-opening city centre and in a perfect location for shoppers and workers to call in for a quick test or to pick up their home kits.
“Nationally, one in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms and testing is vital as restrictions ease and shops, businesses and venues across the city re-open. I would urge everyone to take regular tests and ensure they are doing all they can to keep themselves and others safe.”
People must continue to test, even after their vaccines, and even after a negative test must continue to follow all guidelines, including social distancing and wearing face coverings.
The tests are a simple swab of the nose and throat and give fast results. People are recommended to take two tests a week.
The city’s other six community testing centres are at: the Indian Community Centre in Foleshill; the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre in Wood End; the Alan Higgs Centre off Allard Way; the AT7 Centre off the A444; the Xcel Centre in Westwood; and the Hagard Community Centre in Willenhall.
Community testing is for anyone who is not showing symptoms of coronavirus and there is no need to book an appointment. Opening hours at the centres are Monday – Friday: 8am to 6.30pm; and Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Anyone who has been told to self-isolate or is showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend a collection site. Those with any of the main COVID symptoms should call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
To find out more about testing, coronavirus or local restrictions and support, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus.