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County's mass Covid testing blitz ramped up

Posted on Friday 15th January 2021
A fleet of “Let’s Get Tested” vans are to be rolled out across the county to bolster Staffordshire County Council’s efforts to tackle Covid-19 and test more people without symptoms.

The mobile rapid-testing vans which will provide pop-up community testing across the county and support the new Community Testing Centres when they open their doors next week.

Many Staffordshire employers are also joining the mass-testing blitz. Alton Towers were offering both community and workforce testing earlier today (Friday, 15 January).

Central to health chief’s plans is asking all residents who need to be out and about during the lockdown to have regular Covid-19 tests, even if they don’t have symptoms and anybody in a hotspot area to get a test.

The move aims to tackle the “silent spreaders”, people who carry the virus but have no symptoms. The county council aims to test thousands of asymptomatic people every day by February.

The latest average seven-day Covid rate in Staffordshire is currently 430 per 100,000 population, lower than the West Midlands rate of 567 and the England rate of 550.

Dr Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:

“We are now at the end of the second week under national lockdown and people must not leave or be outside their home except where necessary. This is the law.

“Some people may need to leave home for example to shop for basic necessities, or to go to work, if they cannot work from home.

“If people do need to leave their homes then testing across the county is available to check whether they have the virus before they have contact with others.

“The County Council and partners have worked hard to ensure there is lots of availability for residents to get a rapid test.

“The message should now be crystal clear – if it you need to have contact with others get tested regularly. If you live in a hotspot location book that test today.”

The Covid-19 community testing sites and hotspot areas are as below: 

 

District / borough

Community testing sites

Hotspot areas

Cannock Chase

Norton Canes Community Centre, Brownhills Road, Norton Canes, Cannock, WS11 9SF  

January 16 and 17

 

Cannock Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, WS11 4AL

January 18 - 24

Brereton and Ravenhill, Cannock East, Cannock North, Cannock South, Hagley, Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury, Hednesford Green Heath, Hednesford North, Hednesford South

East Staffordshire

Hillfield House, Hillfield Lane, Burton-upon-Trent, DE13 0BW

January 16 - 24

 

 

Anglesey, Branston, Brizlincote, Burton, Eton Park, Horninglow, Shobnall, Stapenhill, Stretton

Lichfield

Lichfield City FC, Brownsfield Road, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, WS13 6AY

 

January 16,17 and 22,23, 24

 

Burntwood Leisure Centre,  High Street, Chasetown, Burntwood WS7 3XH

January 18 - 21

Alrewas and Fradley, Chasetown, Curborough, Fazeley, Shenstone, Summerfield and All Saints

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, Bradwell Lane, Porthill, Newcastle, ST5 8PS (this is a separate location to Bradwell Hospital)

January 16 and 17

 

Seabridge Centre, Roe Lane, Clayton, Newcastle, ST5 4AZ

January 18 - 24

None

South Staffordshire

Wombourne Library, Church Road, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, WV5 9EZ

January 16 - 24

 

Bilbrook, Brewood and Coven, Cheslyn Hay South, Essington, Great Wyrley Town, Huntington and Hatherton, Perton Lakeside, Trysull and Seisdon, Wombourne North and Lower Penn, Wombourne South East, Wombourne South West

Stafford

Kingston Centre, Fairway, Stafford, ST16 3TW

 

January 16 - 24

Doxey and Castletown, Forebridge, Holmcroft, Penkside

Staffordshire Moorlands

 Werrington Village Hall, Ash Bank Road, Stoke, ST2 9EE

January 16 and 17

 

Biddulph Leisure Centre, Thames Drive, Biddulph, ST8 7HL

January 18 - 24 

None

Tamworth

Sacred Heart Church, Silver Link Road, Glascote Heath, Tamworth, B77 2EA

January 16 

 

Wilnecote Parish Hall, 40 Watling St, Two Gates, Wilnecote, Tamworth B77 5AD

January 17 

 

Tamworth College, Croft Street, Tamworth, B79 8AE 

January 18 - 22

Amington

Community Testing Pop-Ups to be added once confirmed.

You can book a test only if you have no symptoms at Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Test Sites Appointment System (zipporah.co.uk)  You are allowed to leave home to take a test. 

If there is no availability, you can book a traditional test at one of the national sites at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  and choose the option “my council has asked me to book a test. 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 through the national system only. 


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