Medical chief urges residents to take twice weekly tests to keep Covid under control - The Solihull Observer

Medical chief urges residents to take twice weekly tests to keep Covid under control

Solihull Editorial 29th Apr, 2021   0

THE NUMBER of Silhillians testing positive is similar to those during summer 2020 according to the borough’s director of public health Ruth Tennant.

And she heralded the efforts of local people with Solihull’s Covid rate now 21 cases per 100,000, or 46 new cases in the week to April 22.

However she warns Solihull is still vulnerable to outbreaks.

Ms Tennant said: “We predict at this point that we will continue to see cases locally and, until more people are vaccinated, we will see clusters of cases and potentially some outbreaks.

“The virus is still around and a recent outbreak in a small business showed how easily the virus can take hold.

“It only takes a few more cases for the virus to begin spreading again and for numbers to accelerate.”

Ms Tennant said more than half of the local cases are now of people who did not have any symptoms so is urging residents to test twice a week.

She said: “By testing twice a week with Lateral Flow Tests you can make sure you’re not passing the virus on without knowing it.

“Make this part of your routine and if you do test positive, confirm this with a second PCR test via the national booking system, and stick with self-isolation.

“The Lateral Flow Device tests are easily available at our community test sites (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre or Newington Resource Centre building) where you can pick up a test to do at home or you can opt for an assisted test there and then.”

Lateral flow tests can be ordered online and they will be delivered for free to your home or get them from participating local pharmacies.


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