Community asymptomatic testing is being held on a rolling basis in Cowie and Callander as part of efforts to drive down local Covid-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly.
The initiative is part of a national programme of walk-in testing for people who, although not displaying any symptoms, may wish to be tested.
New Covid-19 cases in Stirling
Recent large scale community outbreaks within the Stirling area has reinforced the important role community testing can play to protect residents, family, friends and colleagues and help bring the virus under control.
More than 80 positive cases were previously linked to one Stirling bar, and identifying and supporting infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms, and pass the infection to others unknowingly, will help reduce spread of the virus.
Thank you to Active Stirling
Ahead of taking full responsibility for local community testing, the Council has also paid tribute to Active Stirling staff who have helped deliver community asymptomatic testing in Callander and Cowie over the last few months.
Active Stirling took over operation of the Cowie and Callander sites from the Armed Forces in April, providing 26 staff to deliver the asymptomatic testing programmes, from building the testing sites, to administering tests through to dismantling the sites.
Stirling Council Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Active Stirling for their support in the roll out of Covid-19 asymptomatic testing in Stirling during the pandemic.
“Our collaboration on the delivery of Community Testing Units in Callander and Cowie is a key initiative that can help us suppress the virus and prevent its spread in our communities.
“The virus is still out there and hasn’t gone away. We are still seeing new cases of coronavirus throughout Stirling on a regular basis, so people really need to realise how fragile our progress is. That’s why testing is so important to help prevent people from spreading the virus to friends, family or colleagues without realising it.”
Support for Stirling Council
Active Stirling Chief Executive Andrew Bain said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Stirling Council with the mobile asymptomatic testing programme in the Cowie and Callander communities over the last few months and many of our team members have had their roles repurposed to be able to support this role.
“We have supported Stirling Council throughout the pandemic with many crucial areas of community support and I would like to thank our staff for being so willing and flexible to help with whatever community support is required – from helping get child care hubs ready at the start of lockdown last year, to supporting schools with activities, so teachers could prepare for home learning.
“Active Stirling also helped with the delivery of free school meals and supported Start up Stirling to help deliver food packages.”