The car park and tennis courts at Harrow Weald Recreation Ground (accessible via Boxtree Lane) is now open as a walk-through Covid-19 testing centre for local people who are unable to attend drive-through centres.
With transmission of Coronavirus on rising rapidly in Harrow, as well as the rest of London, action has been taken to stop the trend, which has seen an almost 60% jump in the rate of infection in the week to 4 December. Harrow is now higher than the national average with urgent action needed to control the spread.
The Government is increasing the number of Covidtesting sites for local people and the plan is to have a number of local testing sites in every borough in the country.
Strict safety control measures will be in place for those attending the test centre: face coverings must be wornand social distancing followed at all times. There will also be a 24-hour security team at the site. The testing site is by appointment and to book a test people should go to www/nhs.uk/coronavirus or call NHS 119.
Cllr Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “Cases are continuing to rise in Harrow as well as the rest of London at an alarming rate – this new walk-through centre is a vitally important part of our efforts to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. London, including Harrow, is currently in Tier 2 for coronavirus restrictions, but the tiers are up for review soon and we all need to make every effort to stop the spread of the virus.”
“With Harrow now above the national average it has never been more urgent for us to strictly follow the rules and guidance in place – and take all sensible precautions to protect ourselves, our friends and our family and slow the spread of the Covid-19.”
Carole Furlong, Harrow Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are pleased to add this essential newsite to our existing testing capability. With the risingtransmission of Coronavirus placing Harrow, as well as Greater London within Tier 2 of the Government’s local restrictions, it’s important we take action locally to prevent the situation escalating further.
“Testing is central to that effort, so if you or a family member experience any one of the symptoms, a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a change/loss in taste or smell, please self-isolate immediately and book a test.
“We must all do our bit to help stop the spread so please continue to follow the hands, face, space mantra – wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and make space to control the spread and reduce infection rates.”
(Source: Harrow Council)