People who live in Sandwell are being invited to take a ‘PCR’ Covid-19 test if they are feeling unwell, even if they are not displaying the three key symptoms.
A PCR test is the original test that has been used since the start of the pandemic. The sample is sent off to the lab and the results come back in a few days. It’s different from the rapid tests which are still only for those with no symptoms.
Any adult who lives or works in Sandwell and has a headache, aches and pains, feeling very tired for no good reason, a sore throat, a runny nose or sneezing episodes can have a PCR test. Children with any of those symptoms, as well as upset stomachs or tummy ache, can also be tested.
There is no need for residents to isolate if they have these symptoms unless they get a positive test result. Of course, anyone with the main three symptoms of Covid-19, a new, continuous cough, a high temperature and / or a loss or change to sense of smell, must isolate immediately and seek a test under national guidance.
Test centres offering ‘PCR’ tests are open seven days a week and are at five locations in Sandwell: