Oxford is to be given rapid additional support by central government including increased testing and help to maximise vaccine uptake given that Covid-19 remains at unprecedented levels in the city.
Everyone aged 18 and over in Oxford City will now continue to be able to access recently introduced enhanced mobile Covid-19 testing facilities up until at least 18 July as part of becoming an enhanced response area, joining parts of the north-west and the midlands. Oxford City’s cases remain firmly in the top ten in the entire country having risen particularly rapidly during late June and early July.
Many young people have already made use of the temporary mobile testing units since they first arrived in Oxford on Saturday 3 July. Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are asking for more people aged 18 and over to take part. The units open for business from 10.00am - 8.00pm (no appointment is needed):
The testing venues are:
- South Park (St Clement’s end)
- The Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street (on the right hand side of the front of the building)
- Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road
- Headington car park, Old High Street, behind Waitrose (open from Friday 16 July)
Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre carpark, Pegasus Road, behind the leisure centre adjacent to the football pitch (open from Monday 19 July).
The testing centres at Oxford Brookes University (access from Gipsy Lane) and Osney Lane are also open every day 8.00am - 8.00pm, including for those without symptoms, but you must book an appointment.
If people test positive, they will be told to self-isolate and follow the national guidance. Information, support and advice on self-isolation can be found on the county council’s website or people can download the information as part of a self-isolation support pack.
Students or staff who receive a positive test result are asked to tell the University straightaway using the Coronavirus reporting form - this is so that we can contact you, trace any of your known contacts and check if you have any support needs we can help with.