Residents encouraged to ‘get-tested’ if they are showing Covid-19 symptoms

ANYONE displaying Coronavirus symptoms in Redcar & Cleveland is being encouraged to get a test as additional testing capacity is made available in the area in response to the recent rise in cases.

As well as the testing centre at the Sainsbury’s site at Middlehaven in Middlesbrough, which is open between 8.00am to 8.00pm each day, the mobile testing unit will be available between 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Kirkleatham Walled Garden, Redcar from the 9th – 13th September.

Testing at the Kirkleatham Walled Garden site will then return to the usual days of Wednesday and Thursday the following week.

If you experience a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste you should self-isolate immediately and arrange to get a test by dialling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

People are being advised to book a test online however if this isn’t possible residents, who are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, can turn up at their local test centre, where they will be seen as soon as possible by a member of staff.

Cllr Karen King, Deputy Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said:

“Whilst the recent increase in cases in Redcar & Cleveland is relatively small it is vital we all continue to follow the rules and cover our faces when required, avoid close contact and wash our hands regularly

“I am pleased to see an increase in testing capacity in the area and would encourage anyone who is displaying Coronavirus symptoms to get tested as soon as possible.

“Getting tested and following the guidance is the only way we can control the virus at present and protect ourselves, our loved ones and people in our communities who may be tackling health issues we know nothing about.”

More information and advice is available via www.gov.uk/coronavirus You can also contact NHS 111 Coronavirus Service for further advice by dialling 111. If reading English is hard for you, the 111 phone service can get an interpreter to help you.

If you are a vulnerable person who is concerned about going shopping to get essential items, you can contact the Council via email support@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or call 01642 774774.

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