Testing for people without symptoms
Residents who need to be out and about in Staffordshire during the lockdown are being urged to have regular COVID-19 tests, even if they don’t have symptoms.
We know that one in three people who have the virus show no symptoms, so it is important we identify more of the “silent spreaders” of the virus if we are to break the chain of infection.
In Staffordshire, we are planning to carry out thousands of tests every single day to do just that.
If you do need to go out for work, shopping or to care for someone then do get tested. It is quick, easy and might just save the life of someone you care for.
So join us and let’s get tested!
Staffordshire is taking part in the national roll out of rapid tests, also known as Lateral Flow Tests, which offer results in about 30 minutes.
We are setting up eight community testing hubs, one in each of the district and borough areas, to make it even easier to get tested. Our fleet of COVID community vehicles will also be touring the area to set up pop-up testing sites.
You can book a test only if you have no symptoms. Find out where they are this week and book online.
You are allowed to leave home to take a test.
Anybody in Staffordshire without symptoms can book a rapid test.
The county council is also identifying areas each week which have seen the biggest increase in cases and are urging everyone in these ‘hotspot’ locations to get tested.
You can find out if your area is a hotspot on our COVID-19 hotspots in Staffordshire webpage.
What if I have symptoms?
Anyone with symptoms should only book a national test. Anyone who is self-isolating as a close contact should only book a test if they develop symptoms and this should be booked through the national system only.