Last month the Governments new NHS Test and Trace service, designed to help identify, contain and control the spread of coronavirus (also known as Covid-19 and SAR-COV-2) was launched.
This means anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by the NHS Testa nd Trace and you will need to share information about people you have recently been in contact with.
What does this mean? These intereactions could include household members or other people you have had direct contact with, or anyone you have been within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, in order to stop unwittingly spreading the virus.
If those in isolation develop symptoms they should book a test at NHS or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for seven days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must continue and complete the 14 day isolation period.
Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified develops symptoms, at which point they must also self isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
The Government says the NHS Test and Trace service will have the capacity to trace the contacts of 10,000 people who test positive for coronavirus per day and can be scaled up if needed.
The Government has also expanded testing to children aged under five, meaning that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste – can now get tested.
Meanwhile, social distancing measures remain in place. Everyone must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out
- wash your hands regularly
- stay at home and self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus
Liz Noakes, the Director of Public Health at Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “Test and Trace is the next stage in the fight against coronavirus.
“Working with Public Health England we will be using our local knowledge and expertise to control any outbreak that occurs in Telford and Wrekin.
“It’s really important that everyone understands how the scheme works and people do the right thing and self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.”
Councillor Andy Burford, cabinet member for health and social care at Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “It’s important that you contact the NHS Test and Trace service as soon as possible if you have coronavirus symptoms.
“The NHS Test and Trace service will allow us to trace the spread of the virus, isolate new infections, and will give us an early warning if the virus is increasing again locally.”
Symptoms of coronavirus include
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- and the loss or change to your senses of smell or taste.
Telford & Wrekin Council coronavirus pages can be found at this link: – www.telford.gov.uk/
Shropshire Council coronavirus pages can be found at this link: https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/category/coronavirus/