The temporary COVID-19 mobile testing unit at Paulton Rovers Football Club will now be available until Thursday 3rd September following a rise in confirmed cases in the Somer Valley.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s public health team has arranged the extension to continue to give people better access to local testing after it reported an increase in cases in Midsomer Norton, Radstock and the surrounding areas on Monday 24th August.
People are being reassured that although the number of confirmed cases has gone up, there is no cause for serious concern or for any significant action to be taken.
However, anyone who thinks they have coronavirus symptoms should book a test via the Government portal or call 119.
The mobile testing unit (MTU) is now continuing to operate daily for residents booking a test in advance until Thursday 3rd September, except on its two rest days of 25th August and 30th August.
The facility in the football club’s car park means many people in the district do not have to travel further to get a test.
The MTU is part of the COVID-19 National Testing Programme and appointments can be made through https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.
People without internet access can dial 119.
Residents attending the Paulton unit for a test should arrive by car and not use public transport.
Only people who are experiencing symptoms of the virus are urged to book themselves in for a coronavirus test at the unit.
You can ask for a test:
- For yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- For someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
- You can ask for a test for a child who lives with you if they have coronavirus symptoms, whatever their age.
Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, Safeguarding and Public Health, said: “In light of the concerning rise in the number of confirmed cases in the Somer Valley, I am very pleased we are able to support residents with further access to local testing should they need it.
“There is no cause for serious concern but it’s essential we all play our part in getting control of the situation locally.
“This means we all have to take responsibility for correct social distancing, hygiene, wearing face coverings as appropriate, and self-isolating and getting a test as soon as any symptoms start.
“It also means isolating for a full 14 days if you are identified as a contact of a case or have returned from a high-risk area abroad.
“If anyone is concerned that they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus I would urge them to book themselves in for a test.
“Please remember you need to drive to the unit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The postcode for Paulton Football Club is BS39 7RF.
People with symptoms are also advised to self-isolate at home. No one in the household or its support bubble should leave home if any one person has symptoms.
Tests at the mobile testing unit are subject to availability and if all appointments in Paulton are booked, an alternative testing site will be offered.