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Still no signs up to South Holland's Covid test site

There are still no signs to South Holland's Covid testing facility, weeks after the site opened to the public.

Business owner Graham Brown has been calling for council leaders to install traffic signs to direct people to the asymptomatic test site at Four Seasons House in Pinchbeck.

Lincolnshire County Council previously said that it had not actively promoted the Enterprise Way testing centre due to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, which occurred the day before the site opened on April 10.

Four Seasons House, Pinchbeck (45963933)
Four Seasons House, Pinchbeck (45963933)

But South Holland District Council has now said signs will be installed in the coming days.

Mr Brown, who owns Phoenix Drivers opposite the testing facility, was disappointed that the signs were not in place yesterday (Monday) morning.

He said: “The signs are still not up. It is disgusting.

“We should have signs at the top of Enterprise Way from the roundabout near Morrisons down and at the Pinchbeck Road entrance.

“It is definitely not being promoted.”

The testing centre is part of the Government’s push to get everyone in the country to take two free tests a week to prevent future outbreaks. It’s seen as especially important given one in three people with coronavirus does not display symptoms.

Latest data shows that South Holland has seen a drop in the number of positive test rates, after having some of the highest results in the country.

Just two positive tests were reported on April 25. A total of 27 positive results between April 19 and 25 placed the district’s rate at 24.4 per 100,000.

The national rate at the time of writing was 24.7 per 100,000.

No deaths within 28 days of a positive test were also recorded in the district between April 19 and 25.

A spokesman for South Holland District Council said that the signs to direct people to Four Seasons will be installed in the next week, following a delay with the printer.

County acting head of service for health protection Natalie Liddle told our sister paper The Spalding Guardian on April 15: “Due to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing on Friday, all government communications were suspended over the weekend as a mark of respect in light of the national mourning.

“This may have attributed to low numbers as we didn’t proactively promote the site to the public through our normal channels as we would normally do.

“Now we can get back on track to promote the site so that uptake of testing can increase.”

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