Residents in parts of Newcastle-under-Lyme are being urged to look out for symptoms of Covid-19 and book a test if concerned.
The borough continues to have the highest case rate in the county, with a particularly high number of cases in the Newcastle town area among working age adults and fewer cases in rural areas.
With testing appointments available at the Local Testing Centre at Ryecroft (and also good availability at the Keele site), people with symptoms or who have concerns about the virus are being encouraged to book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus . People should choose the option “my council has asked me to book a test” if they don’t have the main symptoms.
People with the main symptoms of Covid-19: persistent cough, fever or loss of taste or smell must self-isolate immediately, remain in isolation until they have a test result, and then continue to isolate for 10 days if positive
Anyone in the borough with symptoms of headache, aches and pains, feeling tired for no reason, sore throat, runny nose or sneezing is advised to book a test. They need to follow the lockdown rules. but do not need to self-isolate unless they are positive.
Anyone in the town who is concerned that they may have been exposed to the virus can also get a test. Again they need to follow the lockdown rules but do not need to self-isolate unless they are positive. They can book as above.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “With a high number of cases in the town we would like to see more people get tested if they have symptoms or if they have concerns about the virus.
“While testing appointments are limited, there is currently good availability at the Local Testing Centres and by testing more people we will be able to identify and isolate more cases and reduce the spread of the virus.”
Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “We are concerned that there are still lots of cases in the town.
“We want to offer testing to as many people as possible to help stop the spread of the infection and protect both lives and livelihoods in the borough.”