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Employees from bpha have been helping to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Bedford in recent weeks.
Surge testing took place in the Kingsbrook, Cauldwell and Queens Park areas of Bedford in late May.
bpha has many homes in those areas and helped Bedford Borough Council test as many people as possible. Employees spent two weeks going from door to door to give residents the chance to take a free PCR test.
In total over 200 homes were contacted to help identify positive cases and stop the spread of the virus.
Anna Humphries, Director of Customers & Services at bpha, said:
“We wanted to help our communities and local partners in identifying cases in the target areas, so colleagues from across our organisation worked with the Council to contact residents living in those area to provide them with a PCR test and any support that they needed.
“We would like to thank all those residents for their understanding and co-operation, and hopefully we have helped to slow the spread of the variant.”
Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council, said:
We are very grateful for the support of bpha in personally contacting all their residents living in these areas to encourage the testing and identify any cases over the past few weeks. A third of people do not show symptoms of the virus, but as they are still able to spread it, the tests are vitally important in helping to drive down our infection rates.
“While the surge testing in Bedford has now ended, we would still encourage everyone to remain cautious and wash your hands regularly, keep social distancing, and get vaccinated as soon as you can as it’s the best way to protect yourself, your friends and your family. Everyone aged 18 and over in Bedford Borough can get a COVID-19 vaccination – visit www.bedford.gov.uk/vaccinations to find out more.”
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