Flintshire residents urged to be vigilant
The Flintshire Test Trace Protect team are reminding people living in Flintshire to be alert for coronavirus symptoms. The advice comes after a growing number of coronavirus cases across the County.
Whilst Flint has been highlighted in recent days, there are rising numbers across the whole of Flintshire and anyone displaying the main COVID-19 symptoms:
• a fever;
• a new continuous cough;
• a loss/change of taste and smell;
should self-isolate immediately for 10 days (together with the rest of their household) and book a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test by visiting the Welsh Government website: https://gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19 or by phoning 119.
A free PCR test can also be booked where people are experiencing wider symptoms which are new, persistent and/or unusual for them.
• Flu-like symptoms, which are not caused by a known condition such as hay fever, including any or all of:
• Myalgia (muscle ache or pain);
• Excessive tiredness;
• Persistent headache;
• Runny or blocked nose;
• Sore throat and / or hoarseness;
• Shortness of breath or wheezing;
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea;
• Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test.
On taking a PCR test for these wider symptoms people are not required to self-isolate while they wait for the result of their test. More information on these wider symptoms can be found on the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) web site https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/test-trace-protect/testing-broader-covid-19-symptoms/wider-symptom-testing-faq/
BCUHB has opened a new walk-in and drive-through Mobile Testing Centre in Flint on Monday 28 June. Located at Chapel Street Car Park, Castle Heights, Flint, the centre is open from 9.30am until 4.30pm, seven days a week. An appointment for a test can be made online or by phone as detailed above.
Members of the public who are not displaying any symptoms, and who are not already carrying out regular twice weekly Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing at home, are also being urged to come forward.
1 in 3 people who have coronavirus do not have symptoms and are carrying the virus without knowing it, putting friends, family, and loved ones at risk. The more people who take the test the better we can stop the spread.
Click the link below to find out how to collect your free test kit:
More information and a set of frequently asked questions can be found at www.flintshire.gov.uk/covidtesting
Residents can protect themselves and others from coronavirus by:
• Social distancing (two-metres)
• Washing hands regularly
• Wearing a mask when required
• Ensuring their home or place of work is well ventilated
Residents are also reminded that;
• an extended household can only be formed between three households
• they should take up the vaccine when offered,
• to self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.
It is also quick and easy to book a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a convenient date, time and location using the BCUHB online booking service https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccination-online-booking/.