AS part of Calderdale’s programme of targeted community Covid-19 testing, frontline council staff will soon start to receive lateral flow tests.

Calderdale Council has been carrying out targeted community lateral flow tests to prevent and control Covid-19. Test results are usually available within an hour. Around 600 frontline staff working in roles including adults and children’s health and social care and customer services will have the opportunity to be tested twice a week.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said: “We know that the COVID situation is very serious across the country and in Calderdale. It’s vitally important that we look for ways to protect key workers and the communities within which they work.”

Lateral flow testing was introduced in Calderdale schools in December and despite schools now being closed except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, this will continue for staff in attendance.