Wakefield Council launches additional testing programme

Residents are being urged to get a COVID-19 test in a bid to drive down infection rates across the district.

With local case rates increasing, the Council is advising everyone to play their part to ensure remaining lockdown restrictions can be lifted on 19 July in line with the Government’s published ‘roadmap.’

Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Whilst all residents across the district are encouraged to take a test, activity such as community door-knocking and ‘drop-in’ testing centres will focus on areas experiencing the highest number of cases including the new COVID-19 delta variant – Wakefield North, Wakefield South, Wakefield East, Pontefract North and Pontefract South.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Everyone is wanting the remaining restrictions to be lifted so we can continue moving forwards to a normal way of life. Increasing our testing offer will help us to take the next step to a more familiar future and I urge everyone to play their part by taking part in testing, having their vaccine and following the latest guidance.”

Anna Hartley

Anna Hartley, Wakefield Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant continue to rise across the Wakefield district. We are actively monitoring the situation and taking all necessary action.

“We are increasing testing capacity and continuing to promote vaccination in areas experiencing cases of the Delta variant through proactive measures including community door knocking.

“To limit the spread of the virus, our advice to residents continues to be:

  • Check your eligibility for your COVID-19 vaccination at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination. If you are eligible, please take it up without delay.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must isolate immediately and take a PCR test.
  • If you believe you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, arrange a PCR test immediately.
  • Remember HANDS, FACE, SPACE, FRESH AIR.
  • Where possible meet people outside your household outdoors or in well-ventilated places.”

Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Further information about all testing options across the Wakefield district is available at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/getting-a-covid-19-test.