Villagers without Covid symptoms can pop along for a test today

A POP-UP Covid-19 test centre for anyone not showing symptoms of the virus has been set up for two neighbouring villages in the Staffordshire Moorlands today (Nov 12).

Anyone can go along to Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook Village Hall to be swabbed between 10am and 1.30pm.

There was a similar facility in operation at Caverswall Village Hall yesterday.

The test centre for Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook has been opened after the neighbouring villages have seen a big increase in positive cases - 43 over a seven-day period since November 6.

The current infection rate for the two villages stands at 541.1 per 100,000 population, which makes it the sixth worst affected postcode area in North Staffordshire.

Two new cases have been confirmed in year 10 and 12 at Blythe Bridge High School, and a year 6 pupil has also tested positive at Springcroft Primary School in Blythe Bridge.

Four our year groups at Forsbrook Primary School have also had to self-isolate.

A Staffordshire County Council spokesperson said: This testing is for anyone without symptoms of Covid-19, and is to identify how far the virus has spread and identify and isolate any further cases.

"Testing is available for people who are worried that they might have been in contact with an infectious case".

Those urged to get tested include:

* Children and their parents where there has been a case at school;

* Employees where there has been a case at their place of work;

* Anyone who has come into contact with someone who appeared to have symptoms.


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