Testing 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. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Testing sites offer a safe, quick and convenient way for people to be tested. Testing makes it easier for health professionals to track people with COVID-19 and trace their close contacts, which helps prevent the further spread of infection. Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus Book your rapid test through My Sandwell For people who have no Covid-19 symptoms, also called asymptomatic people. Rapid Covid-19 home tests for adults who live with school age children Extra testing in Smethwick area due to COVID-19 variant 'Surge testing’ and genomic sequencing are being used in locations in England where COVID-19 variants have been identified. Extensive surveillance of COVID-19 identified a case of the variant first discovered in South Africa in the Smethwick/Cape Hill area. We strongly encourage people aged 16 and over without symptoms, within specific streets in the Smethwick area to take a PCR COVID-19 swab test. It's really important for anyone living or working in any of the identified postcodes to get tested. This includes anyone who has been vaccinated, anyone who has had Covid-19 previously and anyone who uses rapid tests. Everyone in these areas should still get tested because the tests we do are looking for the variant first discovered in South Africa.