Coventry firm supports city’s new Covid testing sites

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A Coventry-based event management specialist has joined the national effort against Covid-19 by committing resource to a new network of lateral flow testing sites across the city.

Stadium, which is based on Bodmin Road, Coventry, is providing around 80 of its experienced events staff to help facilitate lateral flow covid tests for asymptomatic individuals, which produce results after 30 minutes.

The new testing sites that Stadium staff will be supporting include Coventry Transport Museum, The Alan Higgs Centre and Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre, with more sites to follow. 

Coventry City Council, which is overseeing the running of the sites, enlisted the support of Stadium to help the sites collectively cater for up to 20,000 lateral flow tests a week.

Stadium’s staff will be assisting with the registration of visitors to each site and managing socially-distanced queues, as well as guiding individuals through the self-administered test and processing test results.

Scott Metcalfe, Managing Director at Stadium, said: “We are really proud to be able to play our part in helping the city of Coventry to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

“All of our staff are experienced in safety management and working on large, high-profile events, making them ideally placed to provide the efficiency and attention to detail that the operation of these new testing sites require.

“Our staff have a crucial role to play in helping the city of Coventry to drive down the Covid infection rate, since the more people that are tested, the higher the chances are that asymptomatic carriers can self-isolate before infecting others.

“We’re extremely honoured as a business to be asked to support in this way, and hopefully more testing such as this can have a positive impact on reducing infections while the vaccine continues to be rolled out.”

Stadium, an event management specialist, has performed on the world’s biggest stages for the past ten years, ensuring that as audiences have been entertained, they have shared experiences in a safe and secure environment. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government restrictions affecting venues and stadia, Stadium have re-assigned their staffing resources to support the national effort.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “We are very grateful to have the support of Stadium. Community testing is an important component in stopping the spread of Coronavirus, but we need willing people to come forward and join our dedicated workforce in order to make this happen. 

“Stadium have shown their willingness and commitment in putting others first in the fight against coronavirus by playing their part in this work. We are delighted to have them on board and through their help, continue to deliver these vital tests to Coventry people”.