Posted: Mon 13th Sep 2021

Mobile covid testing unit to return to Johnstown every Monday in bid to reduce spread of the virus for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A mobile testing unit has returned to Johnstown to make it easier for people living in the area to get a Covid-19 test.

The easy-access testing facility will be offering PCR tests to anyone with symptoms or identified as a close contact, at Johnstown Community Centre every Monday, starting from today (September 13).

It follows a successful period earlier this summer, and the facility will be based in the carpark opposite the community centre between 9:30am and 5pm every Monday until further notice.

Wrexham Council say that have been “relatively high in the area” compared to the rest of the county borough in recent weeks. It is hoped that providing the testing facility every Monday will help slow any spread.

Following the change to self-isolation requirements for contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, eligible contacts who are not required to self-isolate are encouraged to undertake a PCR test by contact tracers, who will promote the Johnstown facility along with other local options.

Councillor Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Public Protection said: “The week before last, our TTP team identified 1,385 contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, and the additional facility will make it easier for eligible contacts to take a PCR test.

“If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.”

The work is being co-ordinated by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wrexham Council and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

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