Covid testing to continue in North Tyneside
Mobile test units will be in place in North Tyneside until next week as infection rates start to fall.
Extra vaccination services will continue to be available as the borough continues to respond to positive cases of the variant first identified in India.
The current infection rate for North Tyneside is 39 per 100,000 – down from a peak of 55 earlier in the week.
So far, 58 cases of the variant have been discovered in North Tyneside, with all individuals self-isolating and their close contacts traced.
Public health officials at North Tyneside Council will continue to monitor the infection rate and work with Public Health England and Government on the next stage of their local plan.
Mobile PCR test units are in place at three locations – North Shields and Wallsend town centres and in Shiremoor, next to Aldi and Costa. All will remain open from 10am until 4pm until Tuesday, June 2.
So far, 2,492 tests have been carried out.
After the mobile test units close next week, NHS Test and Trace and North Tyneside Council will advise all close contacts of confirmed cases to get a PCR test at one of the existing sites by booking online or calling 119.
In addition, everyone is encouraged to continue taking lateral flow tests twice a week.
Further localised vaccination services were also put in place to support North Tyneside residents including mobile and walk in services for people who have not yet had their first vaccine.
Wendy Burke, North Tyneside Director of Public Health, said: “Working with our partners we have put in place a range of measures to supress the virus.
“We have been so proud of the response of the people of North Tyneside who have stepped forward in their thousands to get tested and take up vaccine services.
“Our public health advice to everyone remains the same: the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to follow the guidelines – remember hands, face, space and fresh air, socialise outdoors, work from home if you can, get vaccinated and take up the offer of regular testing.”