Local businesses being offered on-site test for Covid-19

Businesses in Forres are being offered free on-site testing for staff without covid-19 symptoms, in-line with wider testing beginning in Moray in mid-February.

Part of a Grampian-wide programme of testing those without symptoms, but who may have been put at increased risk of catching coronavirus, the offer is being rolled out across Moray from 15 February.

Businesses can have a testing site located outdoors or inside if there is suitable space for workers to take a lateral flow test. If this returns a positive result staff will be advised to self-isolate immediately and a PCR test will be arranged to confirm the result.

Personnel testing positive will be given details of the support packages in place, including the self-isolation grant, and advised of the length of their isolation period.

Community safety

Environmental Health Manager for Moray Council, Karen Sievewright, encourages businesses to take up the opportunity in the interests of community safety.

“We’re asking members of the business community within Moray to play their part in widespread testing of those without symptoms of covid-19, in order to reduce transmission of the virus. This will help to drive cases down and will need to be in evidence before lockdown restrictions can be eased in Moray.

“We can all play our part in keeping Moray safe and businesses in Moray have the chance to cut the virus off at an earlier stage, potentially avoiding having multiple members of staff self-isolating.

“Any organisation interested in taking up this offer should email ehadmin@moray.gov.uk with an indication of the number of staff potentially being tested and details of where the testing site can be located by Friday 12 February.”

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