Walk-in Covid test centre opens in Castlerea

A walk-in Covid test centre will be in operation until Tuesday next (May 4th) from 10 am to 7.30 pm each day.

This ‘no appointment necessary’ service will operate alongside the current testing service for those who are referred for a Covid-19 test by their GP.

Commenting, Niamh O’Beirne, the HSE’s National Lead for Test and Trace said: “As of April 22nd, over 40,000 people have had a Covid-19 test in one of our walk-in centres. The overall positivity rate to date is 3.3% which equates to 1,261 people testing positive for Covid-19 as a result of getting a test in one of the HSE’s walk-in test centres. This programme of targeted testing of asymptomatic people across many communities has meant that those who have tested positive for Covid-19 can take the necessary actions to protect those around them”.

The test centre in Castlerea is open for walk-in appointments for those aged 16 years and over, who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and who have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last six months.

Members of the public must bring a photo ID to the centre as well as a mobile phone number in order to be contacted with test results. Social distancing measures will apply and if waiting times are too long, people are welcome to return at a later time.