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Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

Free walk-in COVID-19 test centre in Dundalk

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A free walk-in COVID-19 testing site opened today at the Marshes Shopping Centre Car Park 1, Marshes Avenue, Dundalk, A91 XD65 and will operate for five days.

No appointment is necessary to avail of this free service. The opening hours are:

  • Wednesday, June 23rd 1pm-7pm
  • Thursday, June 24th 11am-8pm
  • Friday, June 25th 11am-8pm
  • Saturday, June 26th 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, June 27th 10am-6pm

The free ‘walk-in no appointment necessary’ COVID-19 test centre in Dundalk is open to members of the public of any age. It is being set up due to a number of small workplace outbreaks, family clusters and a number of unrelated cases indicating a degree of community transmission.

Members of the public will need to bring a photo ID and provide a mobile phone number in order to provide test results.

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The temporary walk-in COVID-19 test centre is an operation led by HSE Public Health Department North East, Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation and the National Ambulance Service to identify cases of COVID-19 and reduce further transmission in the community.

Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East, said: “The Department of Public Health North East have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Dundalk area in recent weeks. There has been a concerning increase in the detection of the Delta variant in Ireland and the department is also investigating probable VOCs of the delta clade in the county.

I would therefore encourage the people of Dundalk, and especially anyone who is below the age of 40 who wouldn’t have had a vaccination yet to avail of the service. Increased community testing is vital to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the virus.”

Up to date information on the location and opening days and times of COVID-19 walk-in test centres is available at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/covid-19-walk-in-test-centres.html

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