Covid: Residents of Hastings urged to get tested as cases increase Brighton News

PEOPLE in Hastings urged to book Covid test as infection rates rise in the city.

Concerns over increasing cases and high transmission rates have prompted East Sussex County Council to advise anyone who thinks they have been in close contact with an infectious person to have a PCR test, even if they are feels good.

Anyone who is showing symptoms, has had a positive result on the lateral flow test, or has been confirmed to have contact with a person who has tested positive, is asked to book a test.

A mobile test unit opened today at St Leonards Academy in Edinburgh Road and will operate until Sunday 18 July.

This is in addition to the test sites at Hastings and Bexhill.

All tests must be booked in advance.

While cases in Hastings have increased rapidly in recent days, to 360 per 100,000, fewer people need hospital care in East Sussex than in previous waves.

The most recent figures show 11 people are being treated with Covid in county hospitals.

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health for East Sussex, said: ‘I would strongly advise you to book a test if you think you have been exposed to someone infected with the virus, and of course if you know you have been. exposed, or if you have symptoms, even mild ones.

“The increase in cases here in Hastings is concerning, but by reserving a test for the first suspicion of infection or contact, the community will do everything possible to identify and isolate the virus and protect each other.

“The tests are free, quick and easy to book. Do not hesitate if you think there is a good chance that you have come into contact with the virus, for example in a crowded indoor space. ”

Anyone with a positive PCR result will be educated on how to self-isolate and what financial support may be available.

To book a coronavirus test, visit or call 119.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-14 16:00:00

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