A Government-backed testing pilot specifically for people without symptoms of Covid-19 will begin in Wolverhampton today.
Faith groups in the city are coming together to support the community-led pilot, using fast-turnaround lateral flow tests kits, which will take place at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on Sedgley Street.
Unlike the regular Covid-19 test programme, the pilot will only provide tests to people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus. It aims to identify undiagnosed cases of Covid-19 in order to help protect those most at risk from the virus and will also provide vital information to help inform the rollout of the mass testing technology in the future. People without symptoms of Covid-19 will be able to get tested for free at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on Sedgley Street from tomorrow until Monday 30 November. Testing is available between 7am and 7pm every day and everyone is welcome.
People who do have symptoms of Covid-19 – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – should not attend the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on Sedgley Street but instead book a test through the normal channels – either by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119. People who develop symptoms must stay home and self-isolate.
The pilot is being delivered in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council and NHS Test and Trace. John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "Just because you haven’t got any symptoms doesn't mean you don't have Covid-19 – and one of our biggest concerns is people unwittingly spreading the virus around because they simply don't realise they're infected.