The drive-thru testing facility at Connolly Barracks
The Covid-19 testing centre which was set up at Connolly Barracks a number of weeks ago is now commencing testing, with 30 HSE staff reported to be at the centre today.
The centre has five separate test facilities and tests will be administered by HSE staff.
The centre is a drive-thru facility and testing is done by appointment only, with patients referred by their GP. This is not a drop-in service and members of the public will be contacted by the HSE with their appointment time.
A HSE spokesperson confirmed, "Connolly Barracks is operational today as a Covid Testing Centre."
The spokesperson outlined that there are five centres available across the Midland region and these are opening on rotational basis.
She added, "Three test centres are rotated in Longford /Westmeath and two are rotated in Laois/Offaly and based on the number of referrals received through the central system.
"These centres can extend capacity should it be required."
The entrance to the facility is at Bridge Street in Longford town, and those going for testing will exit onto the Battery Road when their test is done.
Local politicians have welcomed the opening of the facility, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise across the country.
"It's a welcome development with many local families awaiting test appointments and some several weeks as the strain tells on the health service," said Longford/Westmeath TD Joe Flaherty
The site was provided and prepared a number of weeks ago by Longford County Council.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Longford currently stands at 58, while in neighbouring Cavan there are 245 confirmed cases, 36 in Leitrim, 48 in Roscommon and 234 confirmed cases in Westmeath.