27th Feb, 2021

Get tested - Health chief's plea in latest move to combat Covid

Ross Crawford 19th Feb, 2021

IF YOU leave your house to go to work, please get a regular test for Covid – that’s the message from Ruth Tennant, Solihull’s director of public health.

Her call comes despite the borough’s falling rate of infection.

She says there is still transmission in the community and one source could be those who have to leave home to go to work.

“We need you to get a test even if you don’t have symptoms, i.e. you are ‘asymptomatic’,” said Council Leader Councillor Ian Courts.

“That way we can identify the one in three people who have the virus, but don’t have any symptoms and may be unaware that they are spreading infection.

It means self-isolating, if you test positive, but we must prevent the virus passing on to customers, work colleagues or family and friends.

“You can get help to self-isolate at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/here2help and financial support is available with more than 60 per cent of those applying having received funds.”

Free tests are available for anyone who lives or works in Solihull, seven days a week, at either Tudor Grange Leisure Centre or North Solihull Leisure Centre.

However, they are appointment only and can be booked at https://customer.jrni.com/?client=solihullcovidtest.

Each appointment slot is for 20 minutes.

A further 2,127 Solihull residents have been added to the shielding category, which was extended earlier this week.

This follows research into who has got Covid and who is most at risk of a severe illness.

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