Nuneaton and Bedworth has, unlike other areas, seen a rise in the number of over 60s catching Covid-19.
Dr Shade Agboola, Warwickshire’s director of public health, said tt outbreaks in schools across the borough have had an impact on the elderly community.
“Nuneaton and Bedworth is seeing a slightly higher number of cases, compared to the rest of the county,for over 60s,” she explained
“We are starting to see an uptake of numbers in over 60s. when you have outbreaks, like we have seen at some schools in Nuneaton and Bedworth, it does impact on your numbers.
“We have seen quite a number of outbreaks in schools, although this is coming down slowly now.”
But it is not just school outbreaks, the health boss said that households breaking Covid-19 rules by mixing with others are also playing their part.
“It is a mix of ages, a lot of the transmission remains down to mixing households, people receiving visitors and people going to visit other people in their households,” she added. “There is some messaging fatigue, people are tired and it is coming up to Christmas and, my message is, I do fully understand that, we canot lose all of the hard work, we cant afford to relax now, we have come really far.”
Mass testing starts in Bedworth today (December 15) and Nuneaton tomorrow (December 16).
As reported in our newsletter, the Saunders Hall Working Mens Club is the testing venue in Bedworth while Nuneaton Fire Station will initially house the testing site for Nuneaton.
Then it will move on to the United Reform Church in Nuneaton a week later.
Anyone who is not showing symptoms of Covid-19 is being urged to get a test – to check they are not spreading the virus unwittingly.
“The evidence is telling us that a lot of transmission happens among people who do not know they have it,” explained Dr Agboola.
“Some research points to almost a third of people will have had the virus and not know – the whole point of this (mass testing) is to hopefully detect these people who might have it and might be unwittingly spreading it, that is the reason why these test centres have been set up.
“These are strictly for people without symptoms, I know there is a bit of confusion around them – people have said ‘Can I go if I do have symptoms? – No you can’t, this is for people without symptoms of Covid.”
How to use the centres
The tests are available for booking between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
They can be booked online.
To book an appointment in Bedworth, visit here
To make an appointment in Nuneaton, visit here
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