Llandudno Junction, Llandudno and Penrhyn Bay residents urged to be vigilant following variant of concern cluster
Public Health Wales, Conwy County Borough Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are advising people living in the Llandudno Junction, Llandudno and Penrhyn Bay areas of North Wales to be alert for Coronavirus symptoms.
A cluster of 18 confirmed or presumptive cases of the variant of concern first identified in India, VOC-21APR-02, were found in the area. The cases are all linked, and no outbreak has currently been declared.
Conwy Council, Public Health Wales, and NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect are working closely together to ensure that all the appropriate measures are in place to protect the communities in these areas and to ensure that all the appropriate measures are in place to protect learners and staff.
As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus - a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell - people are now able to get a test if they have any of a new list of other symptoms too.
These are: Flu-like symptoms, which are not caused by a known condition such as hay fever, including any or all of: myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing; any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test.
If you live in these areas and you/your child/anyone in your household or any family member who has provided care for your child develop any symptoms of illness, even if they are mild and unrelated to the Covid main symptoms book a test:
People who have Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, are invited to get a free PCR test at a mobile testing unit at Conwy Business Centre, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9XX.
Opening times will be 8am to 1pm and 2pm to 8pm every day over the Bank Holiday weekend. The site is a walk-in and drive through, and no appointment is required.
Alternatively, members of the public can access the existing drive-through testing facility on Builder Street in Llandudno, which is open 8am to 1pm seven days a week. To access this site, people will need to make an appointment by visiting the Welsh Government website or by phoning 119.
The site is also open for lateral flow self-testing kits collection from 2pm to 8pm each day.
If you are suffering from one of the main COVID symptoms – cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, you and members of your household should self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms. (if a negative result is received and you are fever free for 48 hours you can come out of isolation). If you are suffering other symptoms, self isolation is not required whilst awaiting the results of the test. The isolation period may be extended on a case by case basis, you will be advised by TTP accordingly.
Please follow the advice provided when you receive your test result.
Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999
Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. They should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.
Further information on self-isolation can be found here https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing. Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found here https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus. For general information on COVID-19 https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus.
The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help.