Council leaders get rapid Covid-19 tests

Doug swabbing himself and  Diane getting swabbed by a health worker

With local cases of coronavirus still high, council leaders are urging local people to book a rapid Covid-19 test, to help in the fight to control the spread of the virus locally.

On Tuesday 12 January Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, and Diane Tilley, Chief Executive of the Council, received the all-clear after they were each tested for Covid-19 at a rapid testing facility in Lichfield.

This is one of the local test centres for people who do not have symptoms of Covid, which is being run by Staffordshire County Council for its residents. 

Of the experience Councillor Doug Pullen said:

“It was quick and well organised and I received my results in 20 minutes. Thankfully it was negative, which I’m really pleased about as it means I can have confidence I don’t pose a risk to others.

“I encourage anyone who is out and about locally - be that for work, caring responsibilities, education or shopping - to book a rapid test to help us get on top of the virus by finding people who may be carriers but who are not showing symptoms.”

Diane Tilley added:

“Around one in three people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms, which is why it’s really important to ramp up testing of asymptomatic people to combat the virus.

“The tests are easy, quick and free and might just help to protect the life of a colleague or family member. I hope many more local people, especially those who cannot work from home, follow suit and book a test.”

Community testing is available at Lichfield FC on Eastern Avenue in Lichfield each day of the week from 10am to 4pm until Sunday 17 January. There will be more dates available at local test centres over the coming weeks.

Tests for people without symptoms need to be booked in advance online. Under lockdown rules you are allowed to leave your home for a test.

The rapid Covid-19 test centres are one of many ways to stop the virus, including following the lockdown rules to stay home, get a test if you have symptoms, wash your hands regularly, wear a face mask in public spaces in doors and on public transport, and keep a safe distance to others.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, including a continuous cough, a temperature, or a loss or change in your taste or smell, you will need to book a test via the national portal or by calling 119.

Published: 12 January 2021