Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on, so the City of Wolverhampton Council is encouraging people without symptoms to get a free, fast test at 1 of the city's 6 rapid coronavirus test sites.

These are: 

  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm
  • The Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road West, 10am to 6.30pm daily
  • Pendeford Library, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm
  • The Hub at Ashmore Park, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm
  • St Joseph’s Church, Willenhall Road, Monday to Friday, 2pm to 6pm
  • Bilston Community Centre, Prouds Lane, Thursday, Friday and Monday, 8am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm

People who are classed as 'critical workers' and are unable to work from home have priority access to rapid testing at the Civic Centre between 8am and 9am, Monday to Friday; Pendeford Library from 7am and 10am and 4pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday; and Bilston Community Centre between 8am and 9am Monday, Thursday and Friday. Workers are asked to bring a form of ID to prove eligibility.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don't have any symptoms so don't realise they have it – but they could still be infectious.

"It's really important that people are able to get tested so we can find these hidden cases. Those individuals can then self isolate, which stops them from unwittingly spreading the virus to others. 

"Our rapid testing programme has helped infection rates in the city drop significantly, and I would urge anyone without symptoms of Covid-19 to play their part by getting testing so that, together, we can break the chain of transmission and, ultimately, defeat the virus.

"I would also appeal to employers large and small, whose staff can’t work from home, to protect their workforce and the wider community by enabling their colleagues to be tested regularly.”

Around 50,000 rapid tests have been completed in Wolverhampton, with over 1,800 positive cases being found. These individuals have self isolated, preventing the spread of the virus to others.

More information on rapid testing for people without symptoms of Covid-19 is available at Coronavirus Testing; please go to the Asymptomatic section. 

People with symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, are reminded they must immediately self isolate and book a PCR test by visiting GOV.UK or calling 119.

Latest figures show there were 213.5 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days to 12 February. That means 562 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that 7 day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. Information about the vaccine can be found at Covid-19 Vaccine. Further details of the lockdown restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert