I have been asked by the Cork County Covid19 Community Response Forum to bring the announcement below to your attention and, as appropriate, to ask you to make this information widely known also:
A pop-up Covid-19 test site will run at ILEN Rovers GAA club on Saturday 10th July from 11am to 7pm.
We are very grateful to ILEN Rovers GAA for their support in providing a location for this temporary testing.
Walk-in testing in several parts of the region has proven to be quite successful in detecting and containing cases of Covid-19 in recent months. This site was planned in partnership by CKCH, the National Ambulance Service and Public Health experts.
This no-appointment testing is available to anyone who does not have Covid-19 symptoms. Everyone attending for testing needs to bring a photo ID and a mobile phone number to receive their results.
Acting Director of Public Health (HSE South) Dr Anne Sheahan thanked those who have come forward for this kind of testing so far.
“By coming forward for testing when you don’t have symptoms, you are helping the entire community to keep Covid-19 under control. The level of Covid-19 infection in Cork remains low and walk-in testing like this is one of the ways we can make sure that continues. I encourage anyone in the region to take up this opportunity for testing as it will help us to contain the small number of cases of Covid-19 in the region.”
Head of Health and Wellbeing with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Gabrielle O’Keeffe said there has been a great reaction to the no-appointment testing initiative from the people of West Cork and is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts to detect and contain cases of Covid-19.
“Thank you to everyone who has presented for a test so far. Taking up this opportunity for testing even when you don’t have symptoms will help us to go a step further again in containing any cases.”
Ms O’Keeffe thanked the Administration team and National Ambulance Service for their support in setting up the temporary testing location in Baltimore.
Walk-in test centres of this kind have opened in a number of locations around the country in recent months. These no appointment necessary testing centres offer those with no symptoms of Covid-19 an opportunity to be tested, allowing for the raising of awareness.
The testing service for those with symptoms and those who are close contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19, which are arranged via GPs will also continue to operate as usual at Cork’s existing test centre in Cork city and West Cork.
You should use this free, walk-in COVID-19 testing service if you:
· Do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested
· Have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last nine months
· Children under 16 can attend a walk-in centre. The parent or guardian attending with a child must have photographic ID and give consent for a child under 16 to have a COVID 19 test and there must also be an accompanying adult present when a child under 16 has a COVID 19 test
· Remember, it’s 1 test per person.
You must bring photo identification with you and provide us with a mobile telephone number so we can contact you with your results.
Social distancing measures will apply as people attend for testing.
The Eircode for ILEN Rovers GAA Club is P81DP86.
Dr Paul Colton
The Right Rev. Dr. Paul Colton
Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross