A new asymptomatic testing centre has opened in Tamworth and is operating from today (Monday).
Tamworth residents who have to leave their homes during the lockdown are being urged to get regular Covid-19 tests via the centre, based at Tamworth College in Croft Street off Ashby Road Monday to Friday.
This will be supported by additional community testing pop-ups as required in hotspot areas which see the highest numbers of cases. Tamworth’s hotspot is currently Amington.
Testing slots are initially available every day between 10am and 4pm from Monday, January 18 and must be booked in advance at https://staffordshire.zipporah.co.uk/TrackAndTrace/. Slots for this week are now live.
People with symptoms of the virus, or those who have been asked to self-isolate as a close contact of a Covid case, should not attend. Anyone with symptoms should continue to book a test via the national online NHS portal, or by calling 119.
Dr Johnny McMahon Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “While everyone should be staying at home as much as possible, there are some people who have a legitimate need to be out and about, for example for essential shopping or because they cannot work from home.
“Cases continue to be worryingly high in Staffordshire and we need to do everything we can to protect lives and ease pressure on the NHS this winter.
“We know that one in three people who have the virus show no symptoms, so that’s why we need everyone who is out and about to get tested on a regular basis and help us stop the spread of infection.
“Testing is quick, simple and free and may well protect the people you care for and the wider community.”
Other asymptomatic testing centres in Staffordshire include Burntwood, Cannock and Biddulph Leisure Centres, Wombourne Library, The Kingston Centre (Stafford) and The Seabridge Centre (Newcastle).