Surge testing to be deployed in Redditch

Everyone who lives or works in targeted areas in Redditch should take a COVID-19 PCR test when invited.

Working in partnership with the local authority, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing targeted in certain areas in Redditch, Worcestershire. It follows the identification of multiple confirmed cases of the variant first identified in South Africa (B.1.351).

The confirmed cases have self-isolated and their contacts have been identified.

Everyone who lives or works in the targeted areas is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not. You can find out if your postcode is included on the Worcestershire council website.

Enhanced contact tracing will be used for individuals testing positive with a variant of concern (VOC). This is where contact tracers look back over an extended period to determine the route of transmission.

By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify VOC cases and their spread.

If you have symptoms you should book a free test online or by phone so you can be tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to your home. If you have no symptoms, you should visit the Worcestershire council website f

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