Being able to meet with a wider circle of friends and family and visit shops, parks, pubs and hairdressers is something that many of us are looking forward to enormously. But we can only do all of these things if we successfully control the spread of coronavirus.
Director of Public Health Jim McManus said: ‘We really need everyone to play their part in stamping out the virus. We must all maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly and thoroughly and follow the rules and guidance on face coverings. If you have any symptoms that could indicate you have coronavirus, it’s vitally important that you get a test. It’s quicker and easier now than ever before.
‘Remember too that if you’re contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team, you must follow their advice and self-isolate, to prevent the virus from taking hold in Hertfordshire again and threatening more lives.’
Booking a test is quick and easy. The booking site www.gov.uk/coronavirus will show the testing centres available for the next day and you should have your test done as soon as possible after your symptoms first develop. Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to someone’s sense of smell or taste.
Drive through testing sites are now open to everyone living or working in Hertfordshire – with plenty of capacity and testing available every day of the week. People who don’t have access to a car or are too ill to drive can order a test kit to be posted to their home.
Anyone who needs additional help to book a test, or who doesn’t have access to the internet, can contact the telephone call centre – phone 119 between 7am and 11pm or 18001 0300 303 2713 if you have hearing or speech difficulties. The call centre can also answer enquiries about the testing process and what to do once you have your result.
Please bring your mobile phone with you when you attend a test centre. If you have booked a test at Watford, please note that you may need to pay for parking as you wait.