Let people with symptoms get tested first

11 September 2020

In the seven days up to 5 September, there were 64 confirmed COVID-19 cases for west Cheshire.  This compares to 26 confirmed cases in west Cheshire in the previous week (23 to 29 August). 
The number of positive test results in each local authority is updated regularly and our data can be viewed online.
With infections in west Cheshire more than doubling in a week, it has become even more important for people who have COVID-19 symptoms to get a test by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website so contact tracing can then help prevent the spread of the virus.

However, following schools reopening, the testing of international travellers and increases in the testing of people without symptoms, a huge rise in people seeking a test for coronavirus nationwide this week has put a strain on the laboratories which process tests.

This has resulted in booking restrictions being placed on some of the testing sites, while laboratories struggle to meet such high demand. Residents are being urged to only get a COVID-19 test if they have virus symptoms of a high fever, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell.

Director of Public Health for Cheshire West Ian Ashworth said: “It is essential for people to get a test if they have symptoms or have been asked to do so by Test and Trace or healthcare professionals. Testing people with symptoms will help us stop the spread of the virus.

“The increase in people using testing sites in the last few weeks has, however, meant that laboratories need even greater capacity to cope with the demand and process people’s results.

“Many of the people now seeking tests do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and it is those people we are asking to wait a little longer while the capacity in laboratories is developed nationally.”

Key workers, frontline health and care staff and those in an outbreak area, will continue to be tested whether they have symptoms or not. If there are outbreaks, booking restrictions will not be placed on mobile testing units to enable local management of a situation. GP surgeries do not offer COVID testing.

If you have symptoms and have been tested, play your part to protect your community by self-isolating for 10 days or 14 days if alerted to do so by a contact tracer.

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