Residents are being reminded of the range of symptom-free Covid 19 testing options available in the next phase of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.  

 Oxfordshire County Council has worked closely with district and city councils, and other partners, to expand its symptom-free testing scheme. This includes:

  • an additional site opening to serve the west of the county
  • all symptom-free sites offering twice-weekly testing
  • and the option of ‘community collect’ of lateral flow device (LFD) tests for those eligible from all local sites.  

Anyone showing any COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate immediately (along with their household) and book a PCR test through one of five symptomatic testing sites throughout Oxfordshire. They must not attend a symptom-free site.  

Today, restrictions have eased slightly with the ‘stay at home’ rule lifted and people now able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six or two households. With Easter holidays on the horizon, Oxfordshire’s Director of Public Health, Ansaf Azhar, is urging people to both stick to the new rules and to take part in symptom-free testing to help stop the spread of the virus.  

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Today marks the start of the gradual easing of restrictions to take us out of lockdown. This is great news but we must remain vigilant. To accompany the roadmap changes, we need to simply follow the rules – as well as keep our distance, wash our hands, wear a mask – and crucially, take part in any symptom-free testing programme we all can.  

“To make this easier for people, we have expanded our symptom-free testing scheme. These tests have done a great job so far in helping us to identify the one in three people who have COVID but display no symptoms. Identifying infectious individuals early, isolating them, and tracing their contacts can reduce transmission of the virus significantly. 

“We know that everybody is yearning to get their lives back to some sense of normality as soon as possible, and this is just one way that will help us along the way.”