14 more library collection points announced as over 150,000 Covid-19 tests already distributed

14 more library collection points announced as over 150,000 Covid-19 tests already distributed

In the coming weeks, residents will find it even easier to access Covid-19 self-testing kits as an additional 14 collection points become operational.

In total, 34 Library Collection points will be live across Essex by 4th May, as 14 new sites will join the existing 20 that were launched a month ago. This means that there will now be three sites in each of the 12 districts of Essex.

In the month that the 20 existing sites have been operational, over 150,000 individual Covid-19 tests (Approx. 24,000 kits of 7 tests as of 14 April 2020) have been handed out to residents.

Library collection sites were launched with the aim of making asymptomatic testing more accessible and helping to prevent individuals from unknowingly spreading the virus.

Director of Public Health at Essex County Council, Dr Mike Gogarty said: “The extra 14 library collection sites announced today will no doubt make a real difference to testing capacity across the county.

“It is really positive and reassuring to see that so many tests have already been distributed in such a short space of time, and that is testament to the residents of Essex doing the right thing and protecting others by making sure they are doing regular testing.

“As restrictions ease and people start to meet up with others outdoors, the need for people who aren’t showing symptoms to take part in regular testing is more vital than ever.

"We know that residents are eager to take part in self-testing and by setting up even more convenient collection points within local communities, we can ensure they have regular access to testing kits to complete twice a week.

“If regular testing is not something you have considered previously and you are not already accessing self-tests in another way, I urge you to pick up test kits from your nearest community collection point, complete them regularly and help to keep your friends and family safe.”

The LFT tests are quick and easy to do, however help is available to anybody that requires assistance. A dedicated helpline has been set up for anybody who is not sure what to do, how to register the test or how to upload the results. Anyone requiring support can call 03337 726 144.

Anyone requiring additional assistance will be supported and can book a PCR test at one of the many mobile testing units operating across Essex.

Targeted groups, including the households and bubbles of school-aged children and businesses with more than 10 employees should continue to use the specific testing channels designed and already in place for them.

Any residents who are showing Covid-19 symptoms should continue to book a PCR Covid-19 test as normal.

Additional Library Collection sites and the dates they will be operation from

Hadleigh Library, 180 London Road, Hadleigh,

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 7th April

South Benfleet Library, 264 High Road, South Benfleet,

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 7th April

Wivenhoe Library, High Street, Colchester,

Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-2pm

Tuesday 20th April

West Mersea Library, High Street, West Mersea,

Tuesday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-2pm

Tuesday 20th April

Thaxted Library, 7 Town Street, Thaxted,

Tuesday 12pm-5pm, Friday & Saturday 9am - 2pm

Friday 23rd April

Wickham Bishops Library, School Road, Wickham Bishops,

Monday 9am-5pm, Wednesday & Saturday 9am-1pm

Wednesday 21st April

Ingatestone Library, Essex House, High Street, Ingatestone,

Monday 1pm-5.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 9am-2pm

Thursday 22nd April

Shenfield Library, Hutton Road, Shenfield,

Monday - Wednesday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm

Friday 23rd April

Trinity Row, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford

Friday 23rd April

Tye Green Library, Bush Fair, Harlow,

Tuesday 2pm-5.30pm, Thursday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm

Thursday 29th April

Chipping Ongar Library, The Pleasance, High Street, Chipping Ongar,

Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am - 3pm

Friday 30th April

Loughton Central Library , Traps Hill, Loughton,

Monday - Saturday 9am-5pm

Thursday 29th April

Rochford Library, 8 Roche Close, Rochford,

Tuesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm

Tuesday 4th May

Hockley Library, Southend Road, Hockley,

Tuesday & Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm

Tuesday 4th May

Existing Library collection sites

Details of the existing 14 collection points can be found here.

Last updated 16 April 2021