17th April 2022
Sandwell residents asked to remain alert in battle against Covid-19
Although free Covid-19 testing has ended for most people, Sandwell Council is reminding residents that the pandemic is not yet over and urging them to remain vigilant against Covid-19 and act to help limit its spread.
While Sandwell’s local testing offer has now been wound down in line with the end of the national Government testing regime, and Covid rates in Sandwell are low compared to the rest of the country, they are still higher than compared to other points during the pandemic.
It is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and people are urged to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have any of the main symptoms or receive a positive test result. Find out more about the updated list of Covid-19 symptoms.
With the easing of Government restrictions, there are still some simple steps people in Sandwell can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19:
While people are not legally required to self-isolate, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days if they have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19 or a positive test result. Employers are advised to recommend these actions to any of their staff who have symptoms or a positive test result.
Sandwell’s Public Health team remains ready to step services back up again if there are any changes to the course of the pandemic and we are retaining our capacity to respond to outbreaks in certain settings such as care homes.
Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell Council’s director of public health, said: “Our overriding aim is to protect and support the people of Sandwell, but the global pandemic is not yet over and there is still some uncertainty about how the UK will be affected.
“Vaccines offer the best protection, and these have enabled the gradual removal of restrictions on everyday life. But everyone knows that the end of government restrictions doesn’t mean the virus has gone away. The Public Health Team will continue to keep our outbreak response in place and make sure case rates are carefully monitored.
“I would urge everyone in Sandwell to continue to follow the latest Covid-19 guidance. In particular, we should make sure we never go to work or school if we have Covid-like symptoms. It’s our choice to protect ourselves and our family from the potentially serious illness that the virus can cause.”
There are a small number of people who may still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS including those with some health conditions, people due to have surgery and various NHS and social care roles. Find out more about who may still be able to get free Covid-19 tests.
If you’re not up to date with your Covid-19 jabs, you can still get them at a number of local pharmacies / venues. Find out more information about where vaccinations are available