aving initially opened for a week at the end of April, Newtown’s walk-in Covid centre is back.
The facility, which was housed beside the permanent testing facility on the grounds of Newcastle Hospital tested 775 people over seven days.
Open 3pm to 4pm daily for walk-ins, on its busiest day, 175 members of the public availed of the free service.
Results showed there was a positivity rate of just 6 per cent amongst the cases tested in Wicklow.
Minister Donnelly said: “The popularity of the walk-in test centres has been fantastic to see. What has been even more encouraging is the number of asymptomatic cases they are picking up.
“By running these centres, we are able to go after Covid in the community, so we can reduce the spread.
Adding to the good news is the opening, finally, of a Covid vaccination centre for south Wicklow and north Wexford. Following the controversial loss of the Arklow Bay Hotel (which followed the controversial loss of the Charlesland Golf Club), the new location will now be the Kilanerin Community Centre, just 15 minutes from Arklow.
Due to open in mid-June, Donnelly said of today’s news, “An immense amount of work has gone into finding suitable premises for the vaccination centre, which was not an easy thing to do as there are a lot of criteria that have to be met. The new centre when it is fully operational will be able to vaccinate up to 1,200 people a day which is a fantastic increase in our vaccination capabilities.
“By the end of this week half of the adult population of this country will have received their first dose of the vaccine.”
Full list of Covid-19 walk-in testing centres here.
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