It was revealed today (Monday) that the Covid-19 (coronavirus) testing facility located at Borough Hall in Bedford will reduce from seven to four days a week, despite the Borough’s rising infection rate.
46 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Bedford Borough since Friday (2 October), although it is unclear whether this sharp rise is due to the PHE data error which saw nearly 16,000 positive test results left off the official daily figures between 25 September and 2 October.
The drive-in site has been in operation since August, alongside a walk-in facility in the car park on Prebend Street.
The Mobile Testing Units, including the one stationed outside Borough Hall, are part of national NHS Test & Trace, operated by a government contractor, believed to be Deloitte.
Bedford Borough’s Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said, “This is really disappointing and I’m urging the Test and Trace authorities to reinstate seven days.
“When we first had seven days a week testing in Bedford our infection rates were lower than they are now.
“So many people have worked so hard to try and bring the infection rate down and I’d urge everyone to continue to follow the rules.”
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Wellbeing, said, “As a Council, we are doing our best to encourage people to get tested if they start to display symptoms and we need it to be easier to get tested, not more difficult.
“There is still seven-day a week testing available at the Prebend Street walk-in centre. You can book a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus.”
Bedford Borough Council is continuing to remind people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser, make sure when they wear a face mask or covering correctly when in close proximity to others and maintain two metres apart from people who aren’t in your household.