New Covid testing site open near Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council has opened up a new Covid testing site.

The county council said that coronavirus tests would now be available to residents in Minsterley.

Appointments must be pre-booked for the tests, which are being run between 10am and 3pm at the parish hall.

The council said the testing is available for anyone who has one of the main Covid-19 symptoms, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell.

It is also encouraging anyone to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have any of the less common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, headaches, aches and pains, feeling very tired for no good reason, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, or ‘tummy ache’ in children.

Symptoms

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health said: “Effective testing for Covid-19 is one of the first lines of defence in reducing infections. Minsterley residents with lesser known Covid-19 symptoms – such as shortness of breath, a headache, fatigue and a sore throat – can now get tested at this site.

“The Government has now given us a clear route out of lockdown, but we cannot afford to get complacent. We are pleading with people to follow the advice – not only to protect themselves and their loved ones, but our local NHS workers as well, who are coming under increasing pressure.

“We must continue to be vigilant and act like we all have Covid-19. Every social contact provides the virus with a chance to spread so please, Stay at Home and don’t make any unnecessary journeys.”

Tests can be booked online at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

People can use the option of “my council has asked me to book a test” if they have the less common symptoms.

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