From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –
Rapid Covid-19 testing is now available for people without symptoms in Stonehaven – and across Aberdeenshire.
The new Community Collect programme launched by the Scottish Government enables people to test themselves by ordering lateral flow home test kits online which are quickly delivered through the post.
It aims to drive down local Covid-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.
Residents who don’t have any of the three Covid symptoms – a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – are encouraged to get tested.
The kits along with helpful advice are being offered to North-east communities from the Peterhead Community Testing Centre.
Community testing team leader Sara Reid explained: “The lateral flow home test kits allow anyone who is not displaying coronavirus symptoms to test themselves twice-weekly.”
It is estimated that 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms and therefore some individuals will be spreading the virus without realising it. Testing without symptoms is entirely voluntarily but we urge as many people to do it as possible.
By taking the test, residents will be able to better protect their family, colleagues and the wider community by ensuring they are not spreading the virus to others without knowing it.
If you wish to order your lateral flow test kits online, please visit: https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/order-lateral-flow-kits/condition
If you don’t have digital access, you can book your order by calling 119.