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Coronavirus: Testing sites to stay open over Christmas and New Year across Shropshire

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Testing sites across Shropshire will stay open over Christmas and New Year so that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms can still access testing throughout the whole of the festive period.

With coronavirus cases on the rise across Shropshire, NHS and public health services are highlighting the importance of booking a test at the first signs of symptoms. These are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:

“Effective testing for COVID-19 is one of the first lines of defence in reducing infections. Testing has taken place in locations across Shropshire and we have seen a good take up from residents.

“I would strongly urge anyone who has symptoms, no matter how mild they may be, to immediately self-isolate and arrange to be tested.

“New appointments are released throughout the day and we have sites across Shropshire. People with symptoms also need to stay at home and isolate to protect themselves, their families and their community from any potential spread.

“I would also encourage everyone with a compatible smartphone to download the new NHS COVID-19 app, which supports the NHS’ wider Test and Trace programme.”

All test sites will remain open, with reduced opening hours and booking slots available on bank holidays when demand is expected to be lower. NHS Test and Trace contact tracers will also continue to work throughout the festive period with amended opening hours, to ensure there are no delays in contacting close contacts of positive cases and breaking chains of transmissions.

Booking and taking a test is quick and simple and you will often get your results in less than 48 hours. To book a site test or a home test go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus call 119.

Anyone with symptoms must also immediately self-isolate for ten days and should only leave the house to access a test.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website. 

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