An extension to Covid-19 testing facilities in Newport has been announced by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
The health board confirmed that the testing unit at Rodney Parade will be in place until at least January 2021, while it is also “exploring options” to introduce additional temporary testing units elsewhere in Newport.
A spokesperson for Aneurin Bevan health board said: “We are pleased to confirm that the health board will accommodate testing at Rodney Parade until at least January 2021 as part of our response to Covid and would like to express our continued gratitude to all the staff at Rodney Parade for their continued support and hospitality during the pandemic.”
They added: “In response to the growing number of positive cases, we are currently working with local partners to explore options to place additional temporary testing units in the Blaenau Gwent and Newport areas.”
The testing facility at Rodney Parade was opened early in the pandemic at the end of March as a “rapid coronavirus testing location” for frontline healthcare workers.
Positive Covid-19 cases in Newport in the week prior to lockdown:
It has since opened up to members of the public, who can book drive-through tests there online.
Last week, the test centre made headlines after a patient who found it funny to “deliberately cough” on an NHS worker there was fined £1,000.
Aneurin Bevan health board covers the areas of Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly, all of which are currently under local lockdown measures. Across these three local authorities, there are currently test centres in Newport, Cwm and Caerphilly.
Another local authority covered by the health board, Monmouthshire, ranked second on Tuesday on a list of the local authorities in Wales where coronavirus was spreading the most rapidly.
Lockdown measures in Newport, as well as the local authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend, came into force at 6pm on Tuesday, September 22.
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