People across Shropshire who have symptoms such as headaches, fatigue or sore throats are being urged to book a COVID-19 test.
Shropshire Council has increased its testing capacity as the county looks to strengthen its response to the sharp rise in cases.
Currently, anyone in Shropshire who has one of the main symptoms – a high temperature, new cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test.
But with more people testing positive, who may who have other symptoms, Shropshire Council is now encouraging anyone to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Aches and pains
- Feeling very tired for no good reason
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children.
People with any of these less common COVID-19 symptoms can carry on going to work if they are well enough to do so, and only need to self-isolate if the test comes back positive.
There are a number of testing sites across Shropshire which can be booked online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. People can use the option of “my council has asked me to book a test” if they have the other symptoms.
For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating or shielding), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.