Measures such as continuing to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces and on public transport, washing hands regularly and keeping a safe distance from people you don’t live with all help to stop the spread of coronavirus, protecting yourself and others around you.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Getting fully vaccinated gives the best protection from Covid-19. But, even after having both doses someone could still be carrying the virus without knowing it or having any symptoms and be able to pass it on to other people.
“That’s why getting tested regularly and taking extra steps to protect ourselves and those people around us is so important.”
Free rapid LFT testing is available without needing to book at the mobile testing unit, which this week is at Bantock Park, and gives results in around an hour. Rapid test kits can also be collected from locations across the city or ordered online for home delivery. A full list of home test collection sites can be found at Lateral Flow Home Test Kits.
Councillor Jaspal continued: “Other ways we can protect ourselves and other people we come into contact with are by wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces and on public transport, washing hands regularly and keeping a safe distance from people we don’t live with.
“Although it is no longer mandatory, like many of these steps to keep each other safe, checking in at venues across the city using the Covid-19 app is still recommended, where it is possible to do so.
“The app will notify you if you have been to a venue where other people have recently tested positive, so that you can then self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, rather than risk passing the virus on to others.
“With more freedoms comes an increased risk of coming into contact with someone who has tested positive, so it is best to be on the safe side and check in to venues where you can.”
Latest figures show there were 314.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 828 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.