New Covid testing sites open after first case of South African strain found

    16/02/2021


    Leader of the council

    Three new Covid Community Testing Centres have opened their doors – after the first case of the South African variant was identified in Stafford Borough.

    The centres in Gnosall, Stone and Eccleshall, together with the Kingston Centre in Stafford, will allow even more people to get tested and help stop the spread of the variant.

    Since the call went out for everyone who works or lives in the borough to get tested, more than 1,300 people were tested over the weekend and more than 3,500 have already booked a test this week.

    Councillor Patrick Farrington, Leader of Stafford Borough Council, said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to protect both lives and livelihoods.

    “That means everyone in the borough staying at home as much as possible, sticking to the rules and getting tested to help us control the spread of infections.

    “With four Community Testing Centres open across the borough getting tested has never been easier and may just help protect the life of someone you care about.”

    The Community Testing Sites for people with no symptoms are open seven days a week and are at The Kingston Centre, Stafford, The Grosvenor Centre, Gnosall, Stone Leisure Centre and Eccleshall Community Centre

    Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “We continue to have a fantastic response and our message to people who live or work in the borough is to book a test.

    “We now have four Community Testing Centres open and want to test as many people as possible over the next four weeks. This will help us identify any further cases of this more contagious variant and in turn help break the chain of infection.

    The county council already offers community Covid testing for people across the county who need to be out during lockdown, and increased the capacity in the Stafford Borough area after it was found that a resident tested positive for the variant earlier this year.

    People are allowed to leave their homes to get tested and can book a test in advance at Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Test Sites Appointment System (zipporah.co.uk)  

    People with symptoms should book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

    Press Release No 5739

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