The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

HSE continues roll-out of walk-in, no appointment necessary COVID 19 test centres  

The HSE’s COVID 19 walk-in test centre programme is continuing. From Wednesday this week April 28th, a walk-in, no appointment required testing service for asymptomatic individuals will open in Tullamore, Co Offaly and operate alongside the existing GP referral COVID 19 testing service at Clonminch (Portlaoise Roundabout on the Bypass) for those with symptoms or those who are close contacts of a confirmed case.

 

These centres support both the HSE’s enhanced Covid-19 testing for local communities and allow further identification and understanding of any variants of concern within our communities.  

 

Commenting Niamh O Beirne National Lead Test and Test said, “ We are seeing increasing numbers of people present to the HSE’s walk-in COVID 19 testing centres.  We continue to work closely with the Public Health teams across the country,  the National Ambulance Service and Community Health teams to ensure that we establish these testing centres as quickly as possible once the need for them has been identified.

 

As of this morning, April 26 more than 42,900 people have had a COVID 19 test in one of the HSE’s walk-in centres and 1,416 people have tested positive for COVID 19 - 3.4%. We continue to urge those in communities where walk-in testing is available, to attend for a test –it is quick and convenient and you do not need to book in advance, more importantly you can protect those around you by taking the necessary public health measures if you receive a positive COVID 19 test result”.

 

Opening days for Tullamore based COVID 19 walk-in test centre  

 

Offaly – Tullamore COVID-19 Testing Centre, Clonminch, will open for walk-in, no appointment required testing, from Wednesday April 28th from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily, for one week initially

 

Full details of the walk-in COVID 19 test centres currently open, including opening times are available at www.hse.ie

Who can use a walk-in centre

You can use the COVID-19 walk-in test centre if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and you:

  • are aged 16 years and over
  • live in the same area as the walk-in test centre
  • have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 6 months

Tests are limited to one test per person. If you think you need a repeat test, talk to your GP.

What you need to bring

You need to bring photo ID and provide a mobile phone number.

Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus