BRIDGEND: Mobile testing update
A new mobile testing site has opened in Bridgend for walk-in appointments.
Bridgend County Borough Council confirmed a new site will be available to locals at Awel y Mor Community Centre, Hutchwns Terrace, Porthcawl, from Friday January 15.
The Porthcawl facility will replace the facility at the Richard Price Centre, Llangeinor. It will be open between 9am 4pm, seven days a week until January 21. Locals who intend to use the walk-in test centre do not need to book an appointment.
Bridgend is currently the local authority with the third-highest coronavirus infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate 572.6 cases per 100,000 population.
Wrexham has the highest rate with a rate of 922.4 cases per 100,000 population while Flintshire is second-highest with 641.9 cases per 100,000.
Council leader Huw David said: “We are still seeing high levels of coronavirus across the county borough, and with alert level four conditions in place across Wales, we must do all that we can to help limit the spread of the virus.
“Demand for the mobile testing facilities is high, so please only use them if you are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, and keep on observing the basic rules which are designed to keep us all safe.
“The vaccine roll-out is underway, and priority groups are being targeted first. You will be contacted when it is your turn, so please do not tie up resources by enquiring about it at a pharmacist or GP.
“On no account should anyone try to access a vaccination centre without having an appointment in place to do so.
“As the effects of the vaccine may not be seen nationally for many months, the advice on keeping Wales safe remains the same for everyone.”
There remains to be a drive-in testing centre at Ynysawdre Swimming Pool, Heol YrYsgol, Tondu, which closes on January 21. It is open seven days a week between 9am and 4pm and appointments must be booked in advance.
There is also a walk-through facility at Bridgend Bowls Hall car park, Angel Street, Bridgend, open all week from 8am to 8pm, for which booking is also required.
Appointments can be made by visiting the Welsh Government website or calling 119. People with hearing or speech difficulties can book an appointment by calling 18001119.
Words: Hannah Neary, Local Democracy Reporter
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