A new COVID-19 testing centre opened for walk-in testing at the Stephenites GAA grounds in Ballina this morning.
The centre has been temporarily established in response to a recent spike in the Covid-19 incidence rate locally and will operate from 11am to 5pm daily today, tomorrow, Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8.
The centre is one of many being established around the country as part of the HSE’s efforts to facilitate enhanced COVID-19 testing for local communities.
These centres enable those without symptoms of COVID-19 to have convenient access to free testing for the coronavirus.
They also allow further identification and understanding of any variants of concern within communities.
The HSE also added a walk-in, no appointment necessary COVID-19 testing centre at. McHale Park, Castlebar on Tuesday May 4 last.
This service will operate alongside the testing service for those who are symptomatic or close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and who are referred for a COVID-19 test by their GP until Monday, May 10 next.
Operating hours for the Castlebar walk-in centre are 10am to 5pm daily and 9am to 12noon on Sunday May 9.
You can attend either of the two walk-in centres currently operating in Mayo if you are aged 16 years and over; do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but would like to be tested and have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months.
The walk-in centres administer only one test to each person.
If you are attending please bring ID and provide a mobile phone number that can be used to communicate test results.
Social distancing measures will apply as people arrive for testing. If the waiting times are too long for you, you are welcome to come back on another day or time.