The new test centre at Castle Saunderson near Belturbet.

New Covid testing centre for Cavan to open today

The new Covid test centre at Scouting Ireland’s Castlesaunderson International Scout Centre near Belturbet opens today (Tuesday), April 27.

It replaces the existing testing centre at Ballinagh.

This relocated facility will remain a designated site for Covid testing in Cavan for the remainder of the duration of the pandemic.

The test centre will operate seven days a week. Opening days and times are subject to national guidance and community demand.

The HSE has worked in partnership with Coillte, Cavan County Council and Scouting Ireland to establish this new testing Centre. Access to the grounds surrounding the centre will be allowable for the public for the duration of the agreement.

Currently, people can only attend for testing in Castlesaunderson for testing if they have been referred and have received a text confirming their appointment.

Anyone testing positive for the virus will be contacted by HSE contact tracers to help them track their contacts. Close contacts will receive a notification by SMS that they must restrict their movements for 14 days and, if they develop symptoms, they should call their GP or GP Out of Hours service and arrange a test.

The HSE strongly encourages all members of the public identified as requiring a COVID-19 test to attend for their appointment.