Over 62,000 people have availed of free Covid tests since walk-in centres opened

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Over 62,000 People Have Availed Of Free Covid Tests Since Walk-In Centres Opened Over 62,000 People Have Availed Of Free Covid Tests Since Walk-In Centres Opened
Over 62,300 people have availed of a free Covid-19 tests at asymptomatic walk-in centres since they started opening across the country. 
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James Cox

Over 62,300 people have availed of a free Covid-19 tests at asymptomatic walk-in centres since they started opening across the country.

The HSE is continuing with the rollout of its Covid-19 walk-in testing centres with additional testing sites opening today in Wexford and Cavan.

The period of opening of a number of other sites is also being extended for a further seven days. Walk-in testing continues to be provided in dedicated pop-up locations, and alongside the GP referral testing services in a number of the Covid static testing centres.

Further walk-in testing centres will open in Donegal on Saturday and in Louth, Dublin, Laois and Longford on Monday.

Positivity rate

As of Friday morning, May 7th, 2,048 positive cases of Covid-19 were detected in people who used the walk-in testing service. Over the last seven days we are continuing to see a sustained positivity rate of 3.5 per cent nationally.

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Niamh O’Beirne, National Lead Test and Trace, said: “We are seeing increasing numbers of people avail of our free walk-in Covid-19 testing service. We are continuing to work closely with the HSE’s Public Health teams across the country to determine the best locations for these walk-in centres.

“Today, Friday walk in testing centres open in Wexford and in Cavan. Over the coming days walk-in testing will be available in centres in Tallaght, Ardee Co Louth, Portlaoise and Longford. Two further testing centres will open in Donegal — in Convoy and Carndonagh. We continue to urge people in those communities where walk-in testing is available to go and get a test and help contain the spread of Covid-19.”

Who can use a walk-in centre?

You can use the Covid-19 walk-in test centre if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and you:

  • Are aged 16 years and over.
  • Live in the same area as the walk-in test centre.
  • Have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 6 months
  • Tests are limited to one test per person. If you think you need a repeat test, talk to your GP.

What you need to bring?

  • You need to bring photo ID and provide a mobile phone number.
  • Details of sites opening today and over the coming days below
  • Full details of all sites available at Covid walk-in test centres — HSE.ie.

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