Thank you to everyone who got tested

Published: Friday, April 30, 2021

Surge testing in Wandsworth has now been completed and the council would like to thank everyone who came forward to be tested.

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Wandsworth Council worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace to deliver Enhanced Testing in a response to a group of cases found in the borough of the variant first identified in South Africa

In total since April 12, around 70,000 tests were registered as taken and returned. This number is likely to rise when more returned testing kits are included, including those distributed through schools.

Completed PCR test kits can continue to be dropped of at one of 23 pharmacies across the borough until May 8. Find out more. Every positive case identified through testing is another person who can be isolated and another set of contacts traced. Every positive case we find helps us break chains of transmission and suppress the virus in our community.

All suitable positive COVID-19 samples with a high enough viral load from our testing in Wandsworth will continue to be sent for genomic sequencing, which identifies variants. This will help us to understand the spread of any variants locally. The council will share the results from this surge testing when we have received sequencing results for all positive samples collected during the surge testing period. If any variant of concern cases are identified an enhanced public health response will be delivered.

Shannon Katiyo, Wandsworth’s Director of Public Health, said: “The response to our call for all Wandsworth residents was phenomenal and I’m grateful to each and every one of you. This is one of the ways to keep the virus at bay and help life return to something approaching normality.

“These figures are preliminary – when we have full results from the surge testing and have sequencing results for all positive samples successfully analysed then we will let you know.”

Everyone should continue to get regular rapid symptom-free tests. Routine rapid testing is available to everyone through home testing, workplace testing, community testing, collection from test sites during specific collection windows, testing on-site at schools and colleges and collection from participating pharmacies. Find out more.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus, via the NHS COVID-19 app or call 119.

You must continue to follow the national guidance and remember, hands, face, space and fresh air.
Getting vaccinated when it is your turn will give you the best protection against COVID-19 and will help prevent the transmission of the virus.