Covid-19 home testing kits are being made available to those who live in Covid-19 hotspot areas of North Warwickshire.
Due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the Dordon and Polesworth areas, residents are asked to get tested twice weekly for coronavirus, even if they are not displaying symptoms.
To make this easier, home testing kits can be collected from Polesworth Memorial Hall at 20 Bridge Street, Polesworth on today (Saturday, March 27) and Monday (March 29) between 9am and 3pm.
Warwickshire health bosses hope that by increasing the amount of people in the area who are having tests it will help put a stop to the recent spike in cases.
Data for March 24 revealed that North Warwickshire had the highest Covid-19 rate in the whole of the West Midlands.
One of the reasons behind the spike is a rise in cases in Polesworth and Dordon.
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Polesworth School has been forced to only open to vulnerable and key workers’ children after a series of positive cases were identified among pupils across several year groups. It means that other pupils have to learn at home until Monday (March 29).
This has lead to a spread in the local community and neighbouring towns.
Dr Shade Agboola, Warwickshire’s Director of Public Health, has urged residents to do their bit to stop the spread and continue to stick to the rules, particularly around social distancing.
“With rates rising in the North Warwickshire area, it is vital that the community does all it can to stop the spread,” Dr Agboola said.
“Testing is critical and if we are to bring the rates of positive cases down, we need people to book tests and check themselves twice a week in case they are unknowingly carrying, and potentially spreading, the virus.
“As well as testing, the messages around social distancing remain as critical as ever. The roadmap towards easing restrictions can only be successful if rates are kept down. That needs everyone to continue to follow the guidance, avoid mixing with other households and keep a safe social distance alongside measures such as wearing face coverings and handwashing.”
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