Covid Community testing for those who a asymptomatic has begun in the Maldon District.

The tests, which began today (January 11), are targeted at people who don't have any symptoms who cannot work from home, and their families.

However, anyone without symptoms will also have access to the test.

The tests are part of a joint programme between Essex County Council and The Department for Helaht and Social Care.

Cllr Wendy Stamp, Leader of Maldon District Council, said, the increased testing will help prevent and reduce transmission of Covid-19 in the community.

“With infection rates so high and 1 in 18 people in Essex infectious, but many not having symptoms, we need to get as many people tested as we can.

“Community testing means anyone can get a free test and play their part in keeping others safe, and together we can beat this virus.

“If you do test positive it is so important to self-isolate, so we can stop Covid-19 from spreading.”

Testing collection and drop-off:

The tests can be collected from Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon CM9 4RL

Monday 9.30am – 3.30pm

Tuesday 9.30am – 3.30pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 3.30pm

The test involves a swab from the nose and mouth, which is done by you at home, and then dropped back off to the Town Hall and placed in the collection box.

No physical interaction will be required when dropping off the test kit.

The tests will then be couriered to a lab between Monday and Wednesday.

No appointment is required but you should not attend the site if you have any coronavirus symptoms.