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COVID-19 is a new type of Coronavirus that can cause serious illness in some people. Coronavirus (COVID-19) can affect many parts of the body including the lungs and therefore breathing. It can spread from person to person by coughing, or by touching surfaces or areas of skin that have been contaminated by (come into contact with) the virus. The name COVID-19 comes from coronavirus disease 2019, it was named in December 2019.
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following: a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have a positive test result, you and your household need to isolate too. Your isolation period includes the day that your symptoms started (or the day that your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
- Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on, so constituents without symptoms are being encouraged to get a free, fast test at 1 of the city's 6 rapid coronavirus test sites. These are:
- The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
- The Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road West, 10am-7pm daily (except this Saturday, 20 March, when testing is available from 1pm-7pm)
- Pendeford Library, Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
- The Hub at Ashmore Park, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-6pm
- St Joseph’s Church, Willenhall Road, Monday-Friday, 2pm-6pm
- Bilston Community Centre, Prouds Lane, Thursday, Friday and Monday, 8am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
- People who are classed as 'critical workers' and are unable to work from home have priority access to rapid testing at the Civic Centre between 8am and 9am, Monday to Friday; Pendeford Library from 7am and 10am and 4pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday; and Bilston Community Centre between 8am and 9am Monday, Thursday and Friday. Workers are asked to bring a form of ID to prove eligibility.
You can now book a vaccination if you’re aged 70 or over, or clinically extremely vulnerable. You do not need to wait for a letter. Businesses can order tests for their employees if they have over 50 staff.
Page Last Updated: 17/03/2021.