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Council welcomes progress on testing for Coronavirus

Kath Cobain Smiling head and shoulders Published Friday, 1st May 2020

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the progress made this week on testing for Coronavirus.

Recent guidance means that we’re now moving towards ensuring that social care staff and care home residents who don’t have any symptoms of Coronavirus can get tested.

Elaine Carolan, Interim Director of Adult Services said: “We’re really pleased that testing has now been expanded to include social care staff and the county’s most vulnerable residents.
Keeping our staff and residents safe and well has been a key priority throughout the pandemic, and the new testing criteria allows for further clarity on diagnosis."

"We have 179 care homes across Worcestershire, which combined has space for over 5,600 residents and the extension of the testing criteria is another step forward in helping them stay safe during the outbreak. We really are valuing the excellent work of all of our critical workers and all they continue to do to support our residents.” 

The latest changes also mean anyone over the age of 65 who has symptoms and anyone with symptoms who needs to go into work as their work cannot be done from home can now request to be tested.

The council would also like to remind people to keep to social distancing guidelines and maintain good hand hygiene as evidence is showing we are making significant progress.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire said on this: ”I know that we’ve heard during recent Government briefings that evidence is showing we are now over the peak of this virus in terms of numbers of hospital admissions. This is great news and social distancing and the role you have all played in this has been vital. But this is not the time to let up! We are still seeing cases of infection and we need to protect our most vulnerable residents.  

This is hard work and I know we are all missing our friends and family, but it really is so important to continue. I know you are all aware that it is still really important that we continue to wash our hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.”

For the latest updates and developments on Coronavirus please go to the County Council’s dedicated website page.