Mobile testing service extended over Christmas as local cases worsen

With cases of coronavirus having now nearly doubled across Bridgend County Borough, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed what the local mobile testing arrangements will be over the Christmas and New Year period.

Both the mobile testing facility based at the site of the former Revlon / Cosi factory off Oakwood Drive in Maesteg (CF34 8TS) and the longer-term testing facility in the Bowls Hall car park of Bridgend Life Centre (CF31 4AH) will be available throughout the festive period, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, the bank holiday on December 28 and New Year’s Day.

Appointments for both facilities must be booked in advance by calling 191 or visiting the Welsh Government website.

Latest statistics from Public Health Wales have confirmed that the situation in Bridgend County Borough is worsening.

The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “Over a seven-day period between 7-13 December, local positive cases of Covid-19 nearly doubled from 718 to 1,400, making Bridgend County Borough the area with the second-highest increase in Wales.

“In that time, more than 5,000 residents received a test and the positivity rate increased from 21 per cent to 28.1 per cent. Compared to the previous seven-day period, the number of people testing positive also increased by 50 per cent.

“At the same time, Bridgend County Borough Council has warned that its services are at risk of being affected due to staff either falling ill or having to self-isolate, and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed that with its intensive care wards now all full, it has been forced to postpone non-urgent treatment and clinics.

“This is exactly the situation which we had hoped to avoid finding ourselves in, and as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, I again urge all residents to follow pandemic guidelines and help ensure that we don’t see this situation worsen further.

“The fact must be faced that people are dying from coronavirus and our hospitals could become overwhelmed. We absolutely have to reverse the trend by taking the situation seriously, and doing all that we can to limit potential exposure to Covid-19 and stop the spread of the virus.

“We need to ask ourselves, is this how we want to spend the rest of the year and large portions of 2021 while we wait for the vaccine to be rolled out?

“It will take some time before the full benefits of the vaccine can be felt on a wide scale, so we have to do all that we can to keep family, friends and ourselves as safe as possible in the meantime.

“Wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands regularly, use sanitiser and observe social distancing at all times.

“The mobile testing facilities in Maesteg and Bridgend will be available throughout the festive season to offer residents fast, free coronavirus tests, but please remember to only attend if you are showing symptoms such as a high temperature, a new persistent cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

“After the test, you must go home to self-isolate immediately until the results have been confirmed and do not undertake any activities that risk you coming into contact with other members of the public.

“While most people receive their results via text message the day after taking a test, some may take a little longer.

“For more information about ways you can get a Covid-19 test, call 119 or visit the coronavirus page at the Welsh Government website.”