18th August, 2021: A free ‘walk-in and online self-referral’ COVID-19 testing site at St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Market Road, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan, H18 VK77 will open for 2 days on Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st, as COVID-19 cases remain high in Monaghan.

Opening hours are:

Friday, August 20th              10am – 6pm
Saturday, August 21st         10am – 6pm

People have the option to book an appointment online for a free COVID-19 test on the HSE online self-referral portal: https://covid19test.healthservice.ie/hse-self-referral/, or attend the pop-up test centre in Monaghan Town without an appointment and wait for a COVID-19 test. The online booking facility for the pop-up COVID-19 test centre in Monaghan Town helps to manage the numbers of people attending for a test at any time and minimises the length of time people may have to wait for their test.

The free ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 test centre in Monaghan Town is open to members of the public of any age. Members of the public will need to bring a photo ID and provide a mobile phone number in order to provide test results.

The Department of Public Health, HSE North East have seen the number of COVID-19 cases in Monaghan remain high in recent weeks and in particular in the Monaghan and Ballybay-Clones Local Electoral Areas (LEAs).

The latest figures, covering the 14 day incidence during 27/07/2021 to 09/08/2021, reported the electoral areas in Monaghan LEA with an incidence rate of 868 cases per 100,000 of population and Ballybay-Clones with an incidence rate of 712.8 cases per 100,000 of population. This compares to a national incidence rate of 422.5/100,000 of population.

Deputy Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Paul Clifford said: “COVID-19 is still with us, and the recent spike in case numbers in Monaghan must act as a warning. We all have to take personal responsibility. We must still remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health guidelines. COVID-19 testing is continuing in Monaghan Town this weekend, with no appointment needed for those attending the pop-up test centre at the St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre in Monaghan Town. I would encourage anyone who feels that they may need a test to avail of this free service.