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    Gamesley community supports call for testing and vaccination

    Every household in Gamesley received free PCR tests through their door last week in an effect to slow transmission, including variants of concern which spread more easily.

    Residents over the age of 5 were asked to complete the tests which were then picked up and sent to a laboratory for testing.

    Between 3 and 5 June 2021, 948 tests were completed by residents in Gamesley, of which less than 5 were positive and those households are being encouraged to self-isolate to stop the spread.

    Meanwhile, more than 400 people who were eligible attended a pop-up vaccination clinic set up on Winster Mews in Gamesley on Saturday.

    Our Director of Public Health Dean Wallace thanked residents for their support.

    “I appreciate this has been a worrying time but I’d like to thank everyone in Gamesley for their support. By taking a test they are helping us to understand how the virus, including variants of concern, are spreading in the community.

    “But most importantly they are helping to protect themselves, their loved ones, friends and community. We are able to offer support to people who have tested positive and also to follow-up their close contacts and ask them to self-isolate so try to minimise the spread and keep everyone safe.”

    NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG Co-chairmen Dr Asad Ali and Dr Ashwin Ramachandra said:

    “It’s great to see so many people taking action and getting tested and vaccinated to help protect themselves, their loved ones and the local community.

    “Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts. If we all work together, and keep following safety measures such as washing hands, socially distancing, wearing face coverings and letting in fresh air, we can all help to break chains of transmission and bring local COVID rates under control, so we can all move on with our lives as soon and as safely as possible.”

    We joined forces with NHS Test and Trace, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, High Peak Borough Council and NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group to carry out the enhanced testing.

    It also comes as coronavirus vaccines and testing is being stepped up in Greater Manchester to try to deal with a rise in the Delta variant.

    People from Glossopdale who visit or work in the area are being encouraged to continue to follow the national guidance to keep everyone safe including:

    • washing hands regularly
    • keeping 2 metres apart from people not in their household or bubble
    • wearing a face covering when required, unless exempt
    • keeping doors and windows open if they have up to 6 people indoors

    Residents are encouraged to continue to get tested regularly

    People who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can book a vaccination online or call NHS 119.

    Anyone with any of the 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate immediately for 10 days. The 3 main symptoms are:

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

    If a resident or their child has to self-isolate and they are on a low income they could be eligible for a one-off payment of £500. They can also get support with things like shopping and picking up prescriptions.

    Find out more information on self isolation support.