Lord Mayor calls on people to take a test and keep others safe

Published Tuesday, 16 March 2021

The Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr Ann Lucas took a COVID-19 test before going back to the office.

Pictured: Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas with a member of staff at the Foleshill testing centre.
Pictured: Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas with a member of staff at the Foleshill testing centre.

The Lord Mayor has been working from home and attending meetings and events online, but is returning to the Council offices for a meeting of the Council today (16 March).

So to make sure she is not unknowingly carrying the virus and passing it on, she visited the community testing centre at the Indian Community Centre in Foleshill for a Lateral Flow Test.

Cllr Lucas said: “Like many in our city, I have been working from home over recent months, but unfortunately because of technical issues, I have to visit the Council House for a meeting, and I wanted to do all I can to make sure I am not putting others at risk.

“It’s the first time I’ve been to one of our testing centres, and it was such a quick and easy thing to do.

“The people there were wonderful and helped me through the process; I did my own swab and then I had my results back by text within an hour.

“It really has put my mind at rest about going back to the office and being with others, and I’d recommend it to everyone who has to go out to work, or leave the home regularly.

“Now, as restrictions are starting to lift, it’s essential we continue to follow all NHS and Government advice, even if we’ve had the vaccine. Talking a test a couple of times a week is one very simple way we can help to keep others safe.

“I’d like to thank all those who are doing such great work at the centres and helping people like me to ease our fears a little. Their work is really making a difference, so please do all you can to support them, and together we will beat this virus.”

The city’s seven test centres are at: the Transport Museum in the city centre; the Indian Community Centre in Foleshill; the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre in Wood End; the Alan Higgs Centre off Allard Way; the AT7 Centre off the A444; the Hagard Community Centre in Willenhall; and the Xcel Centre in Westwood.

Community testing is for anyone who is not showing symptoms of coronavirus and there is no need to book an appointment. You take your own swabs and results are usually back within an hour. Opening hours at the centres are Monday – Friday: 8am to 6.30pm; and Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 3pm

Anyone with any of the main COVID symptoms should seek a test in the normal way – by dialling 119 or by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Even after a clear test result, people must continue to follow all guidance, including the Hands, Face, Space advice – wear a mask in public, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, and keep to social distancing.

To find out more about testing, coronavirus or local restrictions and support, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Coventry City Council