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11th November 2020
A new Covid-19 testing site for staff and students opens today at the college’s main campus building, The Learning Exchange (LEX), on Roscoe Street.
The college has been working closely with British Army personnel to open the testing site, which is exclusively for staff and students, to support the efforts to drive the transmission rate of the virus down in the city.
The testing site gives staff and students the opportunity to take a test whilst at college to help control the spread of coronavirus. Since the launch of the mass testing pilot across Liverpool more than 23,000 people have taken part, with 14,000 home testing kits sent out to local residents.
Working closely with Liverpool City Council and local public health officials, the College was identified as well placed to host a test site as part of the latest pilot, moving quickly with local leaders and army personnel to set up the testing site in a matter of hours.
The site has the ability to conduct 84 tests per hour and will be running for 12 hours each day, open to students and staff of the College.
Elaine Bowker, principal and chief executive at The City of Liverpool College, said:
“As Liverpool’s largest college, we’re clear on our responsibility to contribute to the safety of our community. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with the city council and local public health officials to keep our college community safe. The wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority, and we welcome the opportunity to take part in this mass testing pilot as a means of controlling the spread of coronavirus.
“We’re fortunate to have great facilities across the College and to be able to use our space and help protect our college community in this way, and contribute to limiting the spread of the virus across the city.”
The testing site, which will initially run from 10th-16th November, will exclusively test staff and students of The City of Liverpool College, preventing any additional risks through increased numbers attending the College for testing.
For more information regarding the college’s latest coronavirus safety measures and advice, please click here.
If you’re not a member of staff or a student at the college but would like to take a test as part of the Liverpool mass testing scheme, then please visit: gov.uk/testliverpool