14th Aug, 2020

Health chiefs urge Warwickshire residents not to delay in getting Covid test

Ian Hughes 31st Jul, 2020

RESIDENTS across Warwickshire are being urged to stay vigilant and get tested if showing any symptoms of coronavirus after the county saw a reduction in the number of people getting tested.

Health chiefs say while for many the symptoms of Covid-19 may be mild and it may seem like an inconvenience to get a test, it was essential, regardless of the level of symptoms, to get tested if showing a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

The test is quick and easy, and a crucial tool to help stop the spread of coronavirus. There are a number of mobile testing units in Warwickshire and it is quick and easy to book a test. Residents can attend a drive through, walk-in service or have one delivered to their door.

Talking about the importance of getting tested, Warwickshire County Council’s director of Public Health, Shade Agboola said: “With the reopening of many businesses in the last few weeks, we have seen more and more people out in communities mixing together. Unfortunately, as a result of this we are now seeing an increase in cases across the UK, which is a stark reminder that the virus has not gone away.

“Whilst figures continue to remain relatively low in Warwickshire, we are also starting to see a fall in the number of people being tested.

“This could be down to a number of factors, but until more is known, we cannot be complacent. So please, let’s do the right thing for Warwickshire. Continue to social distance, especially in public places, wear a face covering, unless you are exempt and wash your hands regularly, especially when you return home from outside and if you have symptoms, stay at home and get a test. They may sound like really small things to do, but together those small actions can make a real difference to reduce the spread of the infection and control the virus.

“We are no way near a local lockdown yet, but neither do we want to be, so please take the threat of the virus seriously and play your part. It’s not just older people who are impacted by the virus. Our data shows an increase in those in their 30’s, 40 and 50’s, so no one is immune from the infection. Only by working together can we reduce the spread of Covid-19 and help to keep Warwickshire safer.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/information-coronavirus for more information on staying safe or to book a test.

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