Education Planning Group: Surge testing implemented for 12-30 year olds

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Surge testing implemented for 12-30 year olds

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

As you know COVID-19 infection rates are rising and this is impacting schools. This week we have been in discussion with secondary schools about the county's response.

Now, working with NHS Test and Trace, PHE and the DHSC it has been agreed that 'surge testing' will be implemented, targeting those between the ages of 12 and 30.

This means that everyone in this age group will be strongly encouraged to get a PCR test, whether they have symptoms or not.

This is a significant logistical challenge and we are working with schools to finalise arrangements for how school age children will be tested. This may vary between locations.

For all others in the age group, testing will be available from 19 June at all of the county's current test sites from 8am to 8pm and there is no need to book, simply walk-in. Full details at 

If people cannot attend a test site they can get a test kit delivered to their home by accessing Choose the "I have been advised to get a test by local Public Health officials" option.

We fully appreciate the impact this will have on schools and are working to minimise disruption as far as possible.

The situation is developing and I will provide you with further updates next week.

Thank you for your support.


Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills


Test centre locations

Carlisle RTS

  • Carlisle Lake District Airport
    Carlisle CA6 4NW

Carlisle Cecil Street LTS

  • Cecil Street Car Park
    Carlisle CA1 1NX

Penrith Sandgate Car Park LTS

  • Penrith Sandgate Car Park
    32 Albert Street
    Penrith CA11 7XA

West Cumbria Allerdale House LTS

  • Allerdale House Overflow Car Park
    Workington CA14 9SA

Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall LTS

  • Barrow Town Hall Courtyard
    Cornwallis Street
    Barrow LA14 2LG

Copeland Castle Meadows LTS

  • Castle Meadows Car Park
    Whitehaven  CA28 7RG

Kendal County Hall LTS

  • Kendal County Hall Car Park
    Busher Walk
    Kendal LA9 4RQ