Coventry's community testing site for COVID-19 is to be moved to a new home at the Transport Museum.
Coventry University's Priory Building last month opened up a COVID-19 testing centre, however it is to be moved within a short walk of the city centre's car parks as well as Pool Meadow bus station.
The University's site is to close for the public on Thursday the 14th of January 2021 at 6:30pm, with the first tests to be carried out within the new location the next day to prevent disruption to the public.
This new centre to be opened will have 16 testing booths and be capable to carry out roughly 1,300 tests daily.
There is talks of two new COVID-19 testing sites, these will be open in the city and there are already plans to add more in the upcoming days to ensure thousands of people can easily access the tests. The Lateral Flow Tests are the key weapon in slowing down the spread of the virus.
The two latest locations are:
- Indian Community Centre in Foleshill
- Moat House Leisure
- Neighbourhood Centre in Henley.
These are due to open Monday the 18th of January 2021.
Councillor George Duggins, the leader of Coventry City Council has stated, "We would like to thank Coventry University for their generous gesture in allowing us to use their building so we could launch our Lateral Flow Testing, community testing programme.
"It has been a great success and we have seen almost 10,000 tests completed by people who live or work in the city in the few weeks it was opened, which helped a lot of people in the run-up to and over the festive period.
"However, we knew it was always temporary and we are delighted that our Transport Museum has now given its backing to give us an even more central site that is known by everyone.
"The Transport Museum, run by Culture Coventry, is closed at the moment due to the pandemic and we are grateful to Culture Coventry for allowing us to use it, as its location is ideal."
Community testing is for anyone who is not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and there is no need to book an appointment.
Anyone with main COVID-19 symptoms should seek a test in the normal way by dialling 119 or visiting the NHS website.