EFFORTS to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Wee County have been stepped up in a joint approach from councils in Clacks and Stirling.

The two local authorities are working together to deliver a Community Lateral Flow Testing Programme to residents.

The mobile units are currently in Clacks five days per week, on a rolling two-week programme, offering testing to people with no symptoms and with results usually available in 15 minutes.

Testing sites will operate Monday to Friday one week and Wednesday to Sunday the next.

Each site will offer lateral flow testing there and then, along with the option to collect lateral flow kits to take away for testing at home. Staff will also be available to offer advice on Covid-19 testing.

Today, Wednesday, November 24, on-site testing is offered at Cochrane Hall's front car park in Alva.

Testing will also take place tomorrow, November 25, at the Tullibody Civic Centre in the car park nearest to Tullibody South Campus.

On site testing will be available at Morrisons supermarket car park on Friday, November 26, and at Clackmannan PS playground on Sunday, November 28.

Tests can be collected at Sterling Mills on Saturday, November 27 but there will be no on site testing.

Ellen Forson, Clacks Council leader, said: "It's great to see such a comprehensive community testing programme available on our doorstep.

"Almost one in three people who have Covid-19 don't have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

"By getting tested you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others.

"My thanks go to everyone involved to make this a success."

Businesses in Clackmannanshire, including local hotels, taxi companies and builders merchants, have helped with the programme by distributing kits to allow as many people as possible access to lateral flow testing.

Lateral flow kits have also been distributed to Clackmannanshire's homeless units, temporary tenancy units, foodbanks and unpaid works squads.

Morrisons, Sterling Mills and local businesses and community groups have very kindly allowed the teams to make use of their facilities and car parks to assist with the programme.

Visit clacks.gov.uk/coronavirus/communitytestcv/ for more information on mobile testing locations sites.