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Got symptoms? Get tested

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People with symptoms of coronavirus - no matter how mild - are reminded they should book a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.

Dudley’s drive-through site will be located at Engine Lane, off Level Street in Brierley Hill, from now until October 17. Anyone wishing to attend should do so by prior appointment.

People who have symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of taste and smell, should self-isolate and book an appointment by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119 as soon as possible. 

Due to the current national issues with testing availability, people may need to keep trying regularly in order to book an appointment. 

People should only get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help ensure people who need a test are more likely to be able to get one. Anyone who has symptoms but is unable to book a test should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the point at which they first developed symptoms and continue to try and get a test. 

Latest data shows there were 52.2 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in in Dudley in the seven days to September 27, compared to 47.2 cases in the week to September 20.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

I would strongly urge anyone who has symptoms, no matter how mild they may be, to immediately self-isolate and arrange to be tested.
Be persistent with attempting to book a test, because new appointments are released periodically throughout the day. People with symptoms also need to stay at home and isolate for 10 days to protect themselves, their families and their community from any potential spread. If symptoms worsen during this period, please call NHS 111 for advice.
I would also encourage everyone with a compatible smartphone to download the new NHS Covid-19 app, which supports the NHS's wider Test and Trace programme, via www.covid19.nhs.uk.

People are reminded that they should wear a face covering when attending walk-through centres, only removing these while the test is taking place. Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that they have been in close contact with recently.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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