Surge testing in Bramley
The Director of Public Health at Hampshire County Council has made us aware of a confirmed single case of the COVID-19 South African variant in Bramley. There is no link to any other cases or to travel.
Following government guidance, the county council, working with Public Health England, our local NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care, is now arranging a localised ‘surge testing’ programme in the area.
Details of the testing programme will be updated on Hampshire County Council's website, incorporating a map of the area where residents will be able to use a postcode checker to identify whether they will be provided with a test on the GOV.UK website.
We have been asked to support this testing programme, expected to start early next week. The details are being finalised but it is likely to include us helping with the arrangements for door-to-door deliveries and collection of testing kits in Bramley.
All residents over 16 in the area will be asked to take a COVID-19 test to help the Department of Health and Social Care to better understand and prevent the spread of new variants.
We have been reassured that the risk of transmission from this particular case is considered to be very low, helped by the fact that national restrictions are in place with most people staying at home and adhering to the government guidance of ‘hands-face-space’.
There is also no evidence that this particular variant causes more severe illness, or that the regulated vaccines do not protect against it.