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Campaign Urges Us to Get Up, Get Tested, Get Back to Normal

Campaign Urges Us to Get Up, Get Tested, Get Back to Normal

Date of release: 7 May 2021

A new campaign is launched in Wolverhampton today (Friday 7 May) encouraging people to make rapid Covid-19 testing part of their regular routine.

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The Get Up, Get Tested, Get Back to Normal campaign, supported by the City of Wolverhampton Council, the NHS and West Midlands Police, highlights how twice-weekly testing can enable people to get on with their lives safely.

A series of posters will go on display around the city promoting the importance of getting tested before going about their usual business – for instance, heading to work, going to places like the gym or school, or meeting up with friends.

They feature local people including a Bilston market trader, a contractor working on the transformation of the Civic Halls, WV Active members and pupils from The Kings Church of England School.

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "Along with the vaccine, testing is central in helping to end the coronavirus pandemic.

"We know that one in three people with Covid-19 don't realise they have it because they don't have any symptoms. Yet they could still be infectious and accidently spread the virus to more vulnerable family, friends or colleagues without knowing it.

"That's why it is so important that people without symptoms of Covid-19 get tested on a regular basis – to reassure themselves and others that they don't have Covid-19 and to help stop the spread if it turns out they do.

"Regular testing will also enable us to track the prevalence of the virus in the city and, ultimately, help us get back to normality. I would urge everyone, please, get yourself a rapid Covid-19 test twice a week.”

Free rapid testing for people without symptoms of Covid-19 is available at:
  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • The Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road West, 10am-7pm daily
  • Pendeford Library, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • The Hub at Ashmore Park, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-6pm

Meanwhile people can collect free Covid-19 home rapid test kits from:
  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • Pendeford Library, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • The Hub at Ashmore Park, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-6pm, and Saturday, 10am-6pm
  • PCR test centres at Showell Road, Blakenhall Resource Centre, Whitmore Reans Library, Faulkland Street car park, and Mountford Lane car park, Bilston between 2.30pm and 8pm daily
  • The mobile Covid-19 test unit, which is currently at West Park, 9am-7pm daily
  • Bilston Market, 8.30am-2.30pm Monday, Thursday and Friday and 8.30am-4pm Saturday
  • Wolverhampton Market, 8.30am-2.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 8.30am-4pm Saturday
  • WV Active Aldersley, WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams, WV Active Central and Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre during usual opening hours
  • Local pharmacies offering the Pharmacy Collect service.

More information on rapid testing, including advice about how to take the test at home, is available at  www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-testing. For full details of home test collection points, including pharmacies offering the Pharmacy Collect service, please visit  maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk.  

Please note, rapid testing is not available for people with coronavirus symptoms. Anyone with symptoms, including high temperature, a new or continuous cough, or a loss or taste or smell, should book a PCR test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

John added: “A key thing to remember is that recording a negative test is as important as a positive test – the results give us, and especially our Public Health team, vital data and information to monitor and keep on top of the virus. It’s one of the ways we will get back to normal, quicker.”

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