COVID-19: Testing case studies

A series of case studies on various testing techniques.

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Councils have worked hard to ensure that testing is accessible and available to all in their communities, setting up community testing hubs, testing hubs and other; working with key partners in their local area. 

Local expertise has proved vital in combating the virus and enabled directors of public health to utilise their local knowledge of level and location of infection in areas properly.

The case studies below showcase the work of councils who have used their local knowledge to successfully reach their community, by cross-checking their records and identifying where vulnerable people are or where a different type of testing is needed.

But the strength in councils delivering these services has not solely relied on their ability to reach people. They were also able to help them isolate through support networks, many of which were established in the first wave to support vulnerable groups.

Whether it was arranging food or medicines deliveries or simply finding someone to walk the dog, councils are making it easier for people to stay at home and, therefore, reduce transmission of the virus.