We understand people will have concerns about Coronavirus. Please see below national and local advice:
Currently Dudley is in VERY HIGH (Tier 3), alongside surrounding areas including Sandwell, Birmingham and Wolverhampton..
Latest National Restrictions which affect Dudley, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
HANDS - keep washing your hands regularly
FACE - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
SPACE - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
- you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or most other public venues.
- You may meet in groups of up to 6 people in certain outdoor spaces like beaches or parks.
- retail outlets can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
- hospitality venues, including restaurants, bars and pubs, can only sell food for consumption off the premises via delivery services, click-and-collect or drive-through. Most indoor entertainment venues should also close.
- schools, colleges and universities should remain open following relevant Covid-secure guidelines.
Black Country Radio is working with our partners at Dudley CVS who are co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 across the Borough.
We have launched a Community Hotline, to allow the vulnerable members of our society to be able to ask for support - and for the less vulnerable to be able to offer it.
Anyone who needs to contact the hotline can do so, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling:
01384 465 375 (Please note: This is an automated service; messages will be forwarded immediately)
Symptoms of Covid-19:
Do not leave your home if you have any of the following:
- A high temperature
This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back; you do not need to measure your temperature.
- A new, continuous, cough
This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more shorter coughing episodes in 24 hours.
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
You may notice a total loss of taste and/or smell or differences in the way your senses are functioning.
If you have symptoms - no matter how mild - you should self isolate and get tested.
Local testing sites make it easier for everyone to get a free Coronavirus test. This means more local people can get tested quickly and stop the spread of the virus.
There are two types of test - lateral flow tests and swab tests - available in Dudley borough.
Lateral flow tests give rapid results (within 30 minutes) and are available at certain sites across the borough. They exist to find asymptomatic carriers of the virus and should only be used by residents with NO SYMPTOMS of Covid-19. Walk in appointments are not available and tests must be booked in advance using the online system.
Swab (or PCR) tests should be used by people who have symptoms of Covid-19. Anyone with symptoms can register for a test which can be conducted at one of the borough's testing site, or a kit can be sent out to you to use at home. Tests must be booked in advance by calling 119 or going to nhs.uk/coronavirus.
- If you've tested positive and you have symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you've tested positive and you have not had symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.
If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from when your symptoms started.
Visit Dudley and Sandwell Council's website for information on testing in your borough.