New Covid-19 test collection scheme to launch in Essex

From this 29 March 2021, Covid-19 self-test kits will be available for collection at 21 libraries across Essex, making testing even more accessible and convenient.

Residents, who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms, will be able to collect and take away two boxes of seven tests, to undertake regular twice weekly testing at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The self-test kits are simple to use and offer quick results.

Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, said: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that as lockdown eases people remain vigilant, observe  hands, face and space and get tested to make sure we reduce asymptomatic infections as much as possible.

“It is also important that people use the testing channel most appropriate for them to ensure that people we need to get tested can have access to the tests they need.

“We are particularly keen to test people who cannot work from home, and are encouraging residents to take a test before seeing relatives or loved ones outside of their lockdown bubble. 

“It is also vital that people upload their results as directed in the test instructions, and that people self-isolate as per the government guidance if their result is positive”.

Essex County Council has received an initial stock of 199,000 tests to start the scheme and further tests, and potentially more libraries will be available as more tests become available from the government.

Anyone in a bubble or household with children aged 0 – 18 should continue to choose the online direct option to get their tests delivered to their home. More details can be found here.

Anyone who is already receiving a regular supply of self-test kits from another source should continue with their existing route to help increase the availability of testing for people not currently covered by other national testing schemes.

LibraryAddressPost CodeOpening Times
Saffron Walden LibrarySaffron Walden Library, 2 King Street, Saffron Walden,CB10 1ESMonday – Thursday 9am -5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm
Burnham On Crouch LibraryBurnham On Crouch Library, Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch,CM0 8HQTuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm
Chelmsford LibraryChelmsford Library, PO Box 882, County Hall, Market Road, ChelmsfordCM1 1LHMonday – Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10.30am-1.30pm
Broomfield LibraryBroomfield Library, 180 Main Road, Chelmsford,CM1 7AHMonday 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm
Billericay LibraryBillericay Library, Burghstead Lodge, High Street, Billericay,CM12 9ABMonday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-5.30pm & Wednesday – Saturday 9am-5pm
Brentwood LibraryBrentwood Library, New Road, Brentwood,CM14 4BPMonday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Epping LibraryEpping Library, St John’s Road, EppingCM16 5DNMonday – Saturday 9am -5pm
Great Parndon LibraryGreat Parndon Library, Staple Tye, Parnall Road, Harlow,CM18 7LZMonday 9am-5.30pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm
Harlow Central LibraryHarlow Central Library, The High, Cross Street, Harlow,CM20 1HAMonday – Saturday 9am-5pm
Dunmow LibraryDunmow Library, 47 White Hart Way, Great Dunmow,CM6 1FSMonday -Saturday 9am-5pm
Braintree LibraryBraintree Library, Fairfield Road, Braintree,CM7 3YLMonday – Saturday 9am -5pm
Witham LibraryWitham Library, 18 Newland Street, WithamCM8 2AQMonday &Tuesday 9am – 5pm Wednesday 9am-5.30pm & Thursday -Saturday 9am -5pm
Maldon LibraryCarmelite House, White Horse Lane, Maldon,CM9 5FWMonday 9am-5.30pm &Tuesday -Saturday 9am – 5pm
Colchester LibraryColchester Library,21 Trinity Square, Colchester,CO1 1JBMonday – Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm
Manningtree LibraryManningtree Library, High Street, Manningtree,CO11 1ADTuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-2pm
Harwich LibraryHarwich Library, Kingsway, Dovercourt, Harwich,CO12 3JTMonday and Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.
Clacton LibraryClacton Library, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea,CO15 1SFMonday – Saturday 9am -5pm
Halstead LibraryHalstead Library, Bridge Street, Halstead,CO9 1HUMonday & Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday and Saturday 9am -5pm
Wickford LibraryWickford Library, Market Road, Wickford,SS12 0AGMonday & Tuesday 9am -5pm, Wednesday 9am -5.30pm, Thursday& Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm
Basildon LibraryBasildon Library, Basildon District Council, St Martin’s Square, Basildon,SS14 1DLMonday – Saturday 9am -5pm
Canvey Island LibraryCanvey Island Library, High Street, Canvey Island,SS8 7RBMonday 9am – 5.30pm, Tuesday -Friday 9am -5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm