Telford & Wrekin Council are asking residents to get a Covid-19 test as a precaution following the increase of cases within the borough, with a rate of 332 cases per 100,000, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Public Health Team have reported that many of those who have tested positive have also displayed other symptoms aside from the main ones.
Until now only those people showing one of the three main symptoms of the virus were asked to take a test:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of taste or smell
Anyone with any of these symptoms must still book a test immediately and self-isolate.
If you are displaying any of the following symptoms Telford & Wrekin Council are asking you to get a “precautionary” test, which will hopefully help identify cases as early as possible and help slow the spread.
- Aches and pains
- Feeling tired for no good reason
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Tummy ache in children
Booking a test
Booking a test online is easy and can be done here book a test
When you get the following question in the online form “Why are you asking for a test?” – you need to select the following answer:
– My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms
If you are booking a coronavirus test as a precaution due to one or more of the above symptoms, you don’t need to self-isolate unless you receive a positive test result.
Council leader Shaun Davies said: “We all need to play our part in continuing to fight the coronavirus spread in Telford and Wrekin. That’s why we’re broadening out to precautionary testing for residents who are experiencing these other symptoms. We must continue to do all we can to protect ourselves, our families and especially older people who are at the highest risk.”
For more information about the coronavirus, advice and support please visit Telford & Wrekin Council – coronavirus