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Thanks to Smethwick/Cape Hill community for targeted testing response

Published 28th April 2021

Sandwell Council has thanked people in the Smethwick/Cape Hill community for their response to targeted Covid-19 testing – and there’s still chance to take part before testing ends on Sunday.

People aged 16 or over without symptoms in specific streets within the B66 3, B66 4 and B67 6 postcodes are reminded to complete and return the PCR Covid-19 swab tests posted through their doors, or to get tested urgently at the mobile testing unit behind Smethwick Council House.
 
Check if your street is included in the targeted testing on the council's testing webpage or call the Healthy Sandwell team on 0800 011 4656.
 
Targeted testing will help find any further cases of the variant first discovered in South Africa after a case was identified in the Smethwick/Cape Hill area.
 
Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell’s director of public health, said: “Almost 1,500 people in Smethwick/Cape Hill have already played an important part in helping us to track the virus by taking part in these targeted tests.
 
“We want to thank the community for this vital support, and we would remind everyone living and working in these streets of the importance of taking up this offer of targeted testing.
 
“Infection rates have fallen but Covid-19 has not gone away and it is still a killer virus. We are strongly encouraging people to get tested straight away: your prompt support will enable us to monitor and control the variant.”
 
You still need to get a test even if you have received your Covid-19 vaccine, have had Covid-19 previously or do regular rapid tests.
 
People without symptoms can get a test at the mobile testing unit behind Smethwick Council House in Smethwick High Street from 8am - 3.45pm every day until the unit closes at 3.45pm on Sunday (2 May). There is no need to book. Just walk in or drive in between those times.
 
Taking a test does not invalidate the fast during Ramadan, so everyone can still get tested. Visit the British Islamic Medical Association website for more information and advice.
 
If Sandwell Council delivered a home testing kit to your home and you didn’t return it when the team called back to collect it, please take it to one of the many test drop-off collection points in the Smethwick/Cape Hill area by 3.45pm on 2 May.
 
Visit the council's extra testing collections webpage for a full list of drop-off points and times, which include a number of community venues.
 
Dr McNally added: “Please also take up the offer of the Covid-19 vaccine when it’s offered to you – having the vaccine does not break the fast during Ramadan. The vaccine is your best defence against the virus. People aged 42 and over (before 1 July 2021) can now book their vaccination online
– or you can call 119.”
 
Please keep remembering the basics to stop the spread of infection by following government’s rules: wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering where you are required to and keep a safe distance from others. Get plenty of fresh air.
 
You can meet in groups of six people or two households outdoors (but not indoors) – however, please take care, keep at least 2 metres from people you do not live with. If a shop or businesses is not doing all they can to keep you safe, do not go there.
 
If you have Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must book a test.
 
Go to the government website
to book a test and self-isolate for ten days along with members of your household.
 
Community venues – test drop-off points (return completed tests by 3.45pm on 2 May):
 
Please note the opening and closing times of the following venues before you return your test at the drop-off venue.
  • Smethwick Jamia Masjid, Windmill Lane, B66 3EU – open daily, 1pm-9pm
  • Masjid Usman, 53-55 Shireland Road, B66 4RG – open daily, 4pm-11pm daily
  • Ileys Community Organisation, Victoria Park Skills Centre, Corbett Street, B66 3PU – open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • SAFS Caring Family Support, Windmill Community Centre, Messenger Road, B66 3DX – open Monday to Saturday, 9am-1pm; Sunday 11am-1pm
  • Brushstrokes, 253 High Street, B66 3NJ – open Monday to Friday, 9am-2.30pm
  • Smethwick Library, High Street, B66 1AA – open Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 12noon-3pm