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TESTING ADVICE: Urgent advice to Hertfordshire residents needing a COVID test 

 Published on: 12th September 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

People across Hertfordshire are being urged to keep taking precautions against the COVID-19 virus, as the number of local cases increases, and at a time when some people have had problems booking a test.

The number of people testing positive has increased in the last week across the country, including in Hertfordshire.

Local GP and chair of Herts Valleys CCG Dr Nicolas Small said: “We are worried that after a summer of declining numbers of cases, some people have forgotten that they must stay at home if they or someone they live with has possible COVID-19 symptoms. 

“If you think you might have coronavirus, it is really important that you self-isolate at home and book a test. Things to look for are a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change in your sense of smell or taste. If you have any one of those symptoms, don’t leave the house at all, book a test and then self-isolate for 10 days or until your test result gives you the all clear.”

Tests can be arranged by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

If you don’t have COVID symptoms, please do not book yourself a test. Doing so only makes it harder for people with symptoms to get the test they need.

It is also essential for people returning from particular countries to self-isolate for 14 days when they get back home, even if they feel completely well.

The list of countries this applies to changes regularly. 

The latest information can be found at gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

The latest information and advice is available at nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

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