Forres residents urged to take Covid-19 test after warning signs found in waste water

Forres residents are being encouraged to ‘break the chain of transmission’ by getting a test twice a week after analysis on wastewater in the town have revealed a higher than normal level of Covid-19.

This has yet to translate into increased case numbers in the town – but residents are being encouraged to access testing and play their part in breaking the chains of transmission.

Shantini Paranjothy, Consultant in Public Health for NHS Grampian, said: “We carry out wastewater testing throughout the Grampian region because it can give us an early warning sign and help us stop COVID-19 in its tracks.

“This is exactly what we have in Forres and I am calling on people in the town to take action.

Take Lateral Flow test twice a week

“We know that one in three people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms and, as a result, could be putting friends, family, or work colleagues at risk without even realising. Taking a Lateral Flow Device test, ideally twice a week, helps us spot these cases quickly and offer all the necessary support to self-isolate.

“Testing is available every Tuesday and Friday, between 9.45am and 11.45am, at the Leys Road car park. Booking is not required, and results are generally available within 30 minutes. Outwith these times, anyone can request a home testing kit by visiting the UK Government website.”

Lateral Flow Device tests can be ordered via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow…

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