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Last minute preparations by Boston Borough Council are being put in place at Boston’s Peter Paine Sports Centre ahead of the launch of one of Boston’s Rapid Test Centre’s, on Monday, a COVID-19 community testing programme launching in the Boston Borough to help drive down transmission rates and protect the community.

This new type of test, which follows in the footsteps of a successful broader mass testing pilot run in other areas of the county, will help identify those who unknowingly have the virus. The Rapid tests will help provide a more accurate picture of cases in Boston and will help prevent people from spreading it to their loved ones and people they work with.

Around one in three people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those with Covid-19 but showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly and breaking chains of transmission.

With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas. Boston Borough has been included in the enhanced community testing programme following a successful bid to Government from Lincolnshire County Council. The County Council is working with Boston Borough Council and the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver the testing.

Those aged 16 and over in the Borough are being asked to access a Covid-19 test even if they have no symptoms. Those aged 16 and 17 should be accompanied by an adult or have consent of parent/guardian.