Precautionary coronavirus test now available in the borough
Telford & Wrekin Council is opening up “precautionary” coronavirus testing to residents who want this.
This means that testing can be booked by residents as a precaution if they are showing some possible other signs that they might have the virus.
Until now, only residents showing one of the 3 main symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss taste or smell – have been able to book a test.
Anyone with any of these symptoms must still book a test immediately and self-isolate.
However now, residents can also book a ‘precautionary’ coronavirus test if they have other symptoms.
• Aches and pains
• Feeling very tired for no good reason
• Sore throat
• Runny nose
• Tummy ache in children
Anyone with one or more “precautionary” symptoms does not need to self-isolate prior to the result of their test.
Residents can book a precautionary test with one or more of these symptoms by completing this online form and selecting the option “My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms."
It is very easy and quick to book a coronavirus test with seven testing centres in the borough and test slots usually available the day you book.
The new precautionary testing will help track more coronavirus cases as early as possible, reduce the virus’ spread in the borough and save lives.
The number of coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin remains stubbornly high despite the national lockdown – with a rate of 332 cases per 100,000, significantly above the national average.
The Council’s public health team says that many residents who have tested positive have also displayed other symptoms.
Council leader Shaun Davies said: “We all need to play our part in continuing to fight the coronavirus spread in Telford and Wrekin.
“That’s why we’re broadening out to precautionary testing for residents who are experiencing these other symptoms.
“This will help us to identify and isolate as many cases as early as possible, particularly amongst those who may not display the recognised main symptoms and prevent the spread further.
“With seven testing centres in our borough, it’s very quick and easy to get a test on your doorstep.
“We must continue to do all we can to protect ourselves, our families and especially older people who are at the highest risk.”
For more information about the coronavirus situation in the borough, advice and support please visit www.telford.gov.uk/coronavirus