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Residents thanked after thousands turn out for testing

Posted on Monday 8th March 2021
COVID testing newsroom

Residents in Stafford borough are being thanked after turning out in their thousands to get test for the South African variant of Covid-19.

More than 13,000 people have been tested in Stafford over the past 3 weeks, after confirmation that one case of the Covid-19 South African variant had been found in the borough in early January.

No further cases of the South African variant have been found, which gives us some reassurance that it has not spread. An added benefit has been to identify and isolate more cases of the existing variants of the virus, which has helped to drive case rates in Stafford down to the lowest level in six months

Testing for this South African variant will finish on Friday 12 March. However people should still get tested regularly if they have to leave home and can still book their tests via our testing website.

Dr Richard Harling, Director for Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council said:

“The response we have had to testing in Stafford has been fantastic, and I want to thank every resident of the borough who has responded to our call to get tested over the last three weeks. Now we want people to keep it up: getting tested regularly is a great way to control the spread of infection.”

Residents are encouraged to continue to book regular tests at their local testing centres, to keep Covid-19 levels low and stop the virus from spreading.

Richard continued:

“Regular testing and vaccination, is the way out of this pandemic. It remains very important for people who need to be out and about to get tested regularly so that we can identify those who are infected and stop the virus in its tracks.”

“With testing sites across the whole county, not just in Stafford borough, getting a test in Staffordshire has never been more convenient. Please, book your test today.”

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