Residents living or visiting Staffordshire Covid hotspots are being urged to get tested – especially if they have travelled out of the area or joined a Christmas “bubble”.
With cases still on the rise nationally and new more contagious strains spreading rapidly, people are now being urged to book a test even if they don’t have any symptoms.
Rapid Covid testing is taking place at a number of locations for residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent only. Results will be available in around 30 minutes. People can check availability and book on the county council website.
Two hotspots have been identified in the Moorlands which are Cellarhead and Werrington
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care,said:
“While many people will have enjoyed Christmas Day as part of a their “bubble”, the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19 increases with the more people you see.
“So, we are asking all Staffordshire residents who live in, or who have visited a Covid hotspot, to get tested, as this is the best way of identifying more people who may unknowingly have the virus.
“People can book now for the coming days at our community testing sites for a rapid test. If there is no availability, people can also book a traditional test at one of the national sites across the county.”