Surge testing took place in parts of Woking and in Egham in February 2021 following notification that variants of COVID-19 had been identified from a small number of positive test cases. This is known as the SARS-CoV-2 variant which originated in South Africa.
Find out more about Covid-19 Variants.
The Government is now publishing weekly surge testing outcome reports.
Woking Surge Testing Results
Thank you to everyone in Woking who came forward to get tested. It is important that we understand variants of concern and that we rapidly identify new cases locally.
16,882 tests were taken as part of local surge testing and the initial findings we have seen indicates that one VOC case was found in the areas we have tested.
Surrey County Council will continue to work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to deploy appropriate public health interventions - including testing, increased genomic sequencing, and other measures to monitor and help suppress the variant.
There is currently no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness, or that the regulated vaccine would not protect against it.
Egham Surge Testing Results
Thank you to everyone in Egham who has come forward to get tested. It is really important that we understand variants of concern and that we rapidly identify new cases locally.
10,631 tests were taken as part of local surge testing. No VOC cases have been found in the samples analysed so far from the Egham area however surveillance continues.
Public Health England and Surrey County Council will continue monitoring the situation closely and will take further action as required.
Residents should continue to follow Government guidance as lockdown restrictions start to ease.
Regular symptom-free testing is a crucial part of keeping Covid-19 rates down in Surrey. Find out why, and how to get a symptom-free test on our COVID-19 testing if you do not have symptoms webpage.