Being at the heart of the local community is important to Dorchester Rugby Club and it is hugely proud to have been asked to host be the local test site for the County Town. Surcouf Park is currently acting as a test site for Public Health Dorset’s Rapid Community testing Program.
Public Health Dorset, on behalf of BCP and Dorset councils, has had funding from the Department of Health and Social Care to set up a Dorset Community Rapid Testing Service to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Around one in three people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the virus without knowing it. This is known as being asymptomatic. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.
Asymptomatic testing using lateral flow devices has already been rolled out nationally to NHS front line staff, care home staff and residents, domiciliary care workers, schools and some commercial organisations. This has happened in Dorset too.
In January, Dorset and BCP Councils began targeted asymptomatic testing to front live council workers who cannot work from home and who are working to keep essential services going.
The following businesses and individuals can now access weekly testing (at least once a week but ideally twice for a minimum of six weeks):
Any business or organisation, charity to voluntary organisation in Dorset open under current COVID-19 government guidelines and employs fewer than 250 people
Access to this service is for people who do not already have access to asymptomatic testing.
Club Chairman Tony Foot commented he was very happy to see the club helping the local community and doing its bit to help the town, as we follow the route out of the pandemic.