More pop-up coronavirus test centres open in Cork

More pop-up coronavirus test centres open in Cork
The HSE centre, Rathealy Road, Fermoy.Picture Denis Minihane.

MORE pop-up coronavirus test centres have opened in Cork, as efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 continue.

Pop-up testing facilities, such as the one recently opened at St Mary’s health campus, are being rolled out in communities to allow for increased testing.

Another such facility has opened in Mahon while there are also reports of a centre opening in Dunmanway.

The testing facilities are only accessible through referral.

The HSE centre, Rathealy Road, Fermoy.Picture Denis Minihane.
The HSE centre, Rathealy Road, Fermoy.Picture Denis Minihane.

Last week, HSE officials said there is no increased level of risk to communities located near these coronavirus testing facilities.

Contractors have also been brought in to prepare two buildings, in Fermoy and Mallow, which could potentially be used as isolation centres in the days and weeks ahead. 

A HSE building on the Rathealy Rd in Fermoy has been refurbished to be put into use as a Covid-19 centre.

The St Mary's test centre is a drive-thru operation where people suspected of having the virus can get swabbed through their car window.

It's understood the Mahon centre will not be drive-thru initially but is also strictly by referral.

The test centres have been set up to screen people in a safe environment to help contain the spread. 

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