A VIRTUAL meeting to answer questions about the outbreak of the South African Coronavirus variant in the Frankley Great Park ward will take place at 6.30pm tomorrow (Friday) on Microsoft Teams.
Among the attendees will be Dr Justin Varney, Birmingham City Council’s Director of Public Health, Northfield MP Gary Sambrook and councillors Simon Morrall (Frankley Great Park), Adrian Delaney (Rubery and Rednal Ward), Debbie Clancy (Longbridge and West Health) and Paulette Hamilton (Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care).
We reported yesterday about the outbreak which has led to testing in the area being ramped up.
Birmingham City Council and Public Health England are working together to try and control and supress the virus.
Residents over the age of 18, who are living or working in Frankley Great Park ward and part of south Northfield between Frankley and the A38, south of Tessall Lane, are strongly encouraged to take a PCR Covid-19 test this week through one of the designated sites in the area, even if they are not showing symptoms.
People with no coronavirus symptoms in the affected area can go to the drive through testing site being run by St Modwen testing site without an appointment between 9am and 4pm. It is on the Bristol Rd South opposite Longbridge Lane/Bournville College.
A further Mobile Test Unit will be opened tomorrow (Friday).
The council is also opening a series of designated sites for people to collect home testing kit to test at home and return to the same venue the same day for return to the lab.
The authority is also working with local businesses to make testing available for their staff in workplaces and employers are being written to with details of the situation.
It is important people test through these designated sites because the samples are sent back to a specific laboratory for analysis and individuals should get their results within 48 hours.
Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms you should get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.
Click here to access the link to the meeting.
Click here for yesterday’s story about the outbreak.