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Ferguslie Park residents thanked after hundreds turn out for community Covid19 testing

Residents of Ferguslie in Paisley have been thanked as the results of a one-week community testing blitz designed to help drive down rates of Covid19 in the area are revealed.

A drop in testing site was open in St Ninian’s Church Hall for one week from Wednesday 24 March, and anyone without symptoms of the virus who lived or worked in the area were invited to come along.

The site was run and staffed by Renfrewshire Council and the results were as follows:

– 327 people attended the unit, with 2 positive tests (0.6%)

Chris Dalrymple, the council’s chief environmental health officer, said: “Our thanks go out to all residents of Ferguslie Park who came along to get a test.

“It was great to see a good turnout – around 8% of the local population – which compares well to other sites in other areas of the country.

“Not everyone who has Covid19 shows symptoms and the fact the testing identified people who could have been passing it on to those around them without knowing made it worthwhile.

“Thank you again for helping protect your loved ones and your community.”

The test in use was lateral flow tests. These are quick tests that are processed on site and see results returned via text message within 45 minutes.