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Local clinically vulnerable urged to still have PCRs

 
Created on 13/01/2022 @ 07:30
Clinically vulnerable residents in Newtown who test positive for coronavirus or have the symptoms are being urged to still have a PCR test.

A local health boss said despite the Welsh Government changing the requirement for most people not to have a PCR text and to instead isolate after a later flow test, anyone who is clinically vulnerable should still have a PCR.

"Booking a PCR test remains essential for clinically vulnerable people," said Stuart Bourne, Director of Public Health. 

"I would like to remind everyone that people who are clinically vulnerable should continue to access a PCR test if they either have a positive lateral flow test, even if they have no symptoms. They should also do so if they have COVID symptoms or have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme.

"The rest of the community no longer needs to have a follow-up PCR test to confirm the result of a positive lateral flow test if they have no COVID symptoms."

The latest advice on isolation and testing can be found at https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Everyone is asked to ensure that they receive the COVID vaccinations and boosters appropriate to their age and health condition. Details are available on our website at https://pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/ and vaccines continue to be available across Powys.