Testing sites across Hertfordshire will stay open over Christmas and New Year so that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms can still access testing throughout the whole of the festive period.
With coronavirus cases on the rise across Hertfordshire and the whole of the county now in Tier 4, NHS and public health services are highlighting the importance of booking a test at the first signs of symptoms. These are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire said: “Testing is vital in preventing and reducing the spread of the virus and protecting others – and is even more important now given the prevalence of the virus in our communities. Testing sites across the county will remain open throughout the Christmas period, so if you do develop symptoms it’s crucial that you get yourself tested straightaway and follow isolation rules.”
Regional and local test sites will operate on slightly reduced hours on some public holidays as well as on Christmas and New Year’s Eve but will be open as normal on other days.
Booking and taking a test is quick and simple and you will often get your results in less than 48 hours. To book a site test or a home test go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus or if you don’t have internet access contact the telephone call centre on 119 between 7am and 11pm. If you have hearing or speech difficulties the number to call is 18001 0300 303 2713.
Anyone with symptoms must also immediately self-isolate for ten days and should only leave the house to access a test.
We are very grateful for all your efforts in helping to reduce the spread of the virus throughout this pandemic. Please do follow the rules and continue to play your part. Wash your hands, wear a face covering when required, socially distance and if you have any symptoms self-isolate and get a test.
More info can be found at: www.watford.gov.uk/covid-testing