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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information

Play your part, protect our district

Wyre Forest District Council is working closely with UK Health Security Agency (previously known as Public Health England) to stop the spread of coronavirus, but we need you to play your part, protect our district.

Coronavirus main symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test.

What to do if you develop symptoms

If you develop symptoms:

Individuals still required to isolate

The following individuals will be required to self-isolate, should they be identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result:

  • Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Those who have not received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days
  • Those who have tested positive following a PCR test
  • Those who have been fully vaccinated and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test).

Rapid Testing (Lateral Flow Tests)

This testing is for people who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Order a lateral flow test kit online 

You can get a free rapid COVID-19 test from some pharmacies across the district. You can also pick up test kits from pharmacies and collection points run by community organisations, like libraries.

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The Government has announced a new financial package to support and enforce self-isolation.

In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate from Monday 28 September you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Wyre Forest District Council.

Read more information on the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme and our self-isolation privacy notice.

From 24 September 2020, venues from hospitality, leisure and tourism, close contact services, and local authority venues across England are legally required to display an official NHS QR code poster at their venue. Further guidance is available to sectors in scope of this legal requirement can be found by visiting GOV UK This will make it easier for customers with the app to check-in and allow NHS Test and Trace to alert users and provide them with public health advice in the event of a coronavirus outbreak linked to a venue.

By more of us downloading the app – we have the power to help contain the virus and help protect our friends, families and community in across the district.

From 10 December 2021, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport, including taxis. See a full list of places where you must wear a face covering.

NSPCC helpline

Domestic abuse and sexual violence information

Mental Health Foundation looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Diabetes UK has provided an updated information page for people living with diabetes.

The British Heart Foundation has published guidance for people with health problems.

The National Eczema Society has offered advice on hand washing techniques for people with eczema and other skin conditions.

SignHealth has created British Sign Language (BSL) videos to help deaf BSL users either working in charities or receiving support.

Carers UK has produced recommendations for carers.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Primary Immunodeficiency UK have issued advice and support.

Cancer Research UK - Coronavirus and cancer

From 15 September, the government agreed to end the requirement for shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable.

More information can be found on GOV UK website.

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