Test Trace Protect is now live in Rhondda Cynon Taf and across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board region and any resident or key worker with symptoms should apply for a test.
If you, or someone living in your home, have symptoms of Coronavirus, you can book a test here.
If you cannot work from home and you DO NOT have symptoms of Coronavirus, you can now pick up Rapid Tests to do at home to test yourself regularly. You can pick up self-test kits at certain testing sites.
The programme forms a key aspect of the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan, helping to find a way for people in Wales to live and work alongside the virus, whilst containing its spread and protecting our friends, family and neighbours from infection.
Thanks to the sacrifices made by residents over recent months, the “R” rate (Rate of Transmission) has lowered enough for gradual easings of the lockdown to be undertaken, which include allowing members of two households to meet in an outside environment in their local area providing social distancing (2 metres) is adhered to at all times.
Even with the introduction of Test Trace Protect and the easing of lockdown restrictions, it is more important than ever for residents to abide by social distancing rules and observe good hygiene practices including frequently washing your hands; whilst working from home should be continued if possible, and attempting to avoid public transport and areas where social distancing is difficult.
- A temporary coronavirus testing centre will be located at Abercynon Leisure Centre from Thursday, September 17, until Wednesday, September 23 (9am to 5pm). This will be a WALK THROUGH test centre for Rhondda Cynon Taf residents only. Booking is essential NB: Abercynon Leisure Centre will remain closed to the public for the duration of this facility.
A significant increase in Coronavirus cases could overwhelm Test Trace Protect, increase pressure on the NHS, and potentially cause a tightening of lockdown restrictions – this is not what anyone wants after the extraordinary personal sacrifices residents have made over previous months, which have got us to this stage.
Contact tracing means people may be asked to self-isolate multiple times as the more often people come into contact with others, the more likely it is that they will be required to self-isolate, however, this will be essential to break the transmission of Coronavirus.
The Council is working in partnership with Bridgend and Merthyr Councils, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Public Health Wales to develop Test Trace Protect for residents across the region – carrying out contact tracing for people who test positive for Coronavirus, and providing public health advice and further testing for those people they have been in contact with if they show symptoms.
Rhondda Cynon Taf has a range of support available to assist people who are self-isolating if required, and information on available support will be provided to all those who need to self-isolate as a result of testing positive for Coronavirus.
Further information can be found on the Council’s dedicated Coronavirus webpages: