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.
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.
|Library||Address||Post Code||Opening Times|
|Saffron Walden Library||Saffron Walden Library, 2 King Street, Saffron Walden,||CB10 1ES||Monday – Thursday 9am -5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm|
|Burnham On Crouch Library||Burnham On Crouch Library, Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch,||CM0 8HQ||Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm|
|Chelmsford Library||Chelmsford Library, PO Box 882, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford||CM1 1LH||Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10.30am-1.30pm|
|Broomfield Library||Broomfield Library, 180 Main Road, Chelmsford,||CM1 7AH||Monday 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm|
|Billericay Library||Billericay Library, Burghstead Lodge, High Street, Billericay,||CM12 9AB||Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-5.30pm & Wednesday – Saturday 9am-5pm|
|Brentwood Library||Brentwood Library, New Road, Brentwood,||CM14 4BP||Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm|
|Epping Library||Epping Library, St John’s Road, Epping||CM16 5DN||Monday – Saturday 9am -5pm|
|Great Parndon Library||Great Parndon Library, Staple Tye, Parnall Road, Harlow,||CM18 7LZ||Monday 9am-5.30pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm|
|Harlow Central Library||Harlow Central Library, The High, Cross Street, Harlow,||CM20 1HA||Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm|
|Dunmow Library||Dunmow Library, 47 White Hart Way, Great Dunmow,||CM6 1FS||Monday -Saturday 9am-5pm|
|Braintree Library||Braintree Library, Fairfield Road, Braintree,||CM7 3YL||Monday – Saturday 9am -5pm|
|Witham Library||Witham Library, 18 Newland Street, Witham||CM8 2AQ||Monday &Tuesday 9am – 5pm Wednesday 9am-5.30pm & Thursday -Saturday 9am -5pm|
|Maldon Library||Carmelite House, White Horse Lane, Maldon,||CM9 5FW||Monday 9am-5.30pm &Tuesday -Saturday 9am – 5pm|
|Colchester Library||Colchester Library,21 Trinity Square, Colchester,||CO1 1JB||Monday – Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm|
|Manningtree Library||Manningtree Library, High Street, Manningtree,||CO11 1AD||Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-2pm|
|Harwich Library||Harwich Library, Kingsway, Dovercourt, Harwich,||CO12 3JT||Monday and Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.|
|Clacton Library||Clacton Library, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea,||CO15 1SF||Monday – Saturday 9am -5pm|
|Halstead Library||Halstead Library, Bridge Street, Halstead,||CO9 1HU||Monday & Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday and Saturday 9am -5pm|
|Wickford Library||Wickford Library, Market Road, Wickford,||SS12 0AG||Monday & Tuesday 9am -5pm, Wednesday 9am -5.30pm, Thursday& Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm|
|Basildon Library||Basildon Library, Basildon District Council, St Martin’s Square, Basildon,||SS14 1DL||Monday – Saturday 9am -5pm|
|Canvey Island Library||Canvey Island Library, High Street, Canvey Island,||SS8 7RB||Monday 9am – 5.30pm, Tuesday -Friday 9am -5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm|