Coronavirus testing centre reopens after outbreak among staff

Postwick COVID test centre Norwich Pictures: ARCHANT

Postwick COVID test centre Norwich Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A coronavirus testing centre forced to close following an outbreak among staff has reopened.

The coronavirus testing centre at Postwick, off the A47, has reopened following an outbreak among st

The coronavirus testing centre at Postwick, off the A47, has reopened following an outbreak among staff. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

People with tests booked at the Postwick Park and Ride site on the edge of Norwich on Sunday were turned away and instructed to travel to Great Yarmouth or Ipswich.

Despite reports of up to 14 staff members contracting the virus since Friday, G4S - the security company running the centre in partnership with the government - said four workers had tested positive.

It is thought several more are still awaiting results.

Postwick COVID test centre Norwich Pictures: ARCHANT

Postwick COVID test centre Norwich Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

However, on Monday, the drive-through facility - Norfolk’s biggest testing base and one of the government’s pilot sites - had reopened to the public.

It is not clear whether the cause of the outbreak has been identified, but the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed on Monday that no further measures had been deemed necessary to prevent further instances.


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Both the DHSC and G4S have said appropriate safety measures were already in place.

The coronavirus testing centre at Postwick, off the A47, has reopened following an outbreak among st

The coronavirus testing centre at Postwick, off the A47, has reopened following an outbreak among staff. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

Those who attended appointments at Postwick in recent days are only required to self-isolate if contacted by NHS Test and Trace or alerted to do so via the app.

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But it remains to be seen whether the site is operating with a reduced workforce and thus has a lesser testing capacity.

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Since opening in June, two 40-strong teams have been working at Norfolk County Council’s park and ride site, where people can get both assisted and self-administered tests for Covid-19.

People with symptoms, including a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, are directed there after booking tests through the government website or by calling 119 - you cannot just turn up.

On Sunday a spokesman for G4S said the Postwick site was being deep cleaned and that positive tests had been reported in the appropriate manner.

The coronavirus testing centre at Postwick, off the A47, has reopened following an outbreak among st

The coronavirus testing centre at Postwick, off the A47, has reopened following an outbreak among staff. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

A coronavirus outbreak is defined as when there are two or more cases.

As of last Thursday, there were 69 in Norfolk, across schools, care settings and businesses in the county.

Postwick COVID test centre Norwich Pictures: ARCHANT

Postwick COVID test centre Norwich Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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