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Coronavirus testing expands in Hertfordshire with new Thursday service




Covid-19 testing in Hertfordshire has been expanded to include more people who may have developed the contagion.

On Monday (May 18), the Government extended the criteria so now anyone aged over five, in the first few days of having suspected symptoms, is eligible.

Those signs of infection have now been expanded – as well as a new continuous cough or high temperature, a loss of or change in the usual sense of taste or smell has been included.

Epidemic concept COVID-19. Coronavirus Test Station. Medical worker in full protective gear takes sample from patient at a COVID-19 drive-thru test site. Testing is done by throat swab.. (34972560)
Epidemic concept COVID-19. Coronavirus Test Station. Medical worker in full protective gear takes sample from patient at a COVID-19 drive-thru test site. Testing is done by throat swab.. (34972560)

Tests are effective if people are swabbed in the first three days of having suspected coronavirus symptoms. They cannot detect whether somebody has had coronavirus in the past.

To help to meet the need for drive-through testing in Hertfordshire, an additional testing day has been arranged in Watford every Thursday.

To book a test, go online to www.gov.uk/coronavirus and enter details to be sent a booking code. The booking system will only show details of test locations which are available in the following 24 hours.

When all the available test slots have been booked at a particular site, that site will not appear on the national list. Additional tests are added to the site regularly, so check in throughout the day.

Hertfordshire test sites open between 10am and 4pm on:

  • Thursdays in Watford at the Central Watford leisure centre, WD17 3HA;
  • Saturdays in Hertford at County Hall, Pegs Lane, SG13 8DQ;
  • Sundays in Watford at the Central Watford leisure centre, WD17 3HA;
  • Mondays in Stevenage, off Six Hills Way, SG1 2DF.

Take a mobile phone to the test centre if you have one.

Drive-through tests are available at a range of other locations on different days of the week, including Stansted Airport.


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