While there's no evidence that this strain causes a more serious illness and the vaccines remain highly effective in protecting us against it, it does mean we cannot afford to let our guard down.
Get tested in Glossopdale
Extra mobile testing centres for COVID-19 are being set up in Glossopdale and everyone in the area is encouraged to get a test whether they have symptoms or not.
Our teams will be offering PCR tests. These are tests that are sent to a laboratory for analysis.
You will need to book a free PCR test before attending one of the testing units.
The mobile testing units will be at the following locations:
- Geoffrey Allen Centre (car park), Winster Mews, Gamesley, SK13 0LU: 9am to 5pm from Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Thursday 14 July.
- Redgra area, Fauvel Road, Glossop, SK13 7DW: 9am to 5pm, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 July.
- Glossopdale School, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, Glossop, SK13 2DA: 9am to 3pm, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.
The PCR test is the most reliable test for COVID-19 and is done by taking a swab of the throat and nose. Children under 11 should be helped by an adult. Results are usually returned within one to 2 days and help to keep track of cases, including new variants of COVID-19.
Residents are being encouraged to continue to get tested twice a week, whether they have symptoms or not, as one in 3 people can carry the virus without showing any symptoms and could be passing it on without knowing.
You can pick up free testing kits from some Derbyshire pharmacies or order them online to be delivered to your home. Find out how to get hold of free home testing kits.
Or you can get tested at our community testing centre in Glossop. Find out the address and opening hours for our community testing centres.
If you've been contacted by your GP inviting you to get vaccinated for COVID-19, you can make an appointment by booking a vaccination online or by phoning your GP's surgery.
If you haven't yet been invited to book an appointment but believe you're eligible, you can book a vaccination at a mass vaccination centre or by calling NHS 119.
If you have symptoms
If you have any of the 3 main symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to sense of smell – you must book a free NHS test online or call NHS 119 and self-isolate.
Self-isolation means you must stay at home and shouldn't mix with anyone. Find out more about self-isolation and what it means.
If you or your child do have to self-isolate you may be eligible for financial support.
Some people who have coronavirus experience other symptoms including:
- tummy ache
- sore throat
- loss of appetite
- feeling or being sick
- joint pain
- runny nose
- feeling drowsy
- muscle aches
- generally feeling poorly
If you experience any of these symptoms it may be a sign that you've got the virus and you should get a free coronavirus test immediately.
What else you should do
Thanks for everything you're doing to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from COVID-19. Please remember:
- hands – wash your hands more regularly
- face – wear a face covering where required unless exempt
- space – keep 2 metres apart from people not in your household or 'bubble'
- fresh air – keep rooms well ventilated if meeting up to 6 people indoors
- get both doses of the vaccine when it is offered
Testing for people outside the Gamesley area
If you live or work in the High Peak outside of the Gamesley area, and you don't have any coronavirus symptoms, please continue to get tested twice a week at one of our community testing centres or at home.
Find out where our other community testing centres are including our Buxton site.
Order a free home testing kit or find your nearest pharmacy where you can collect a supply.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you can book a free NHS test online or call NHS 119 and follow the self-isolation advice on this page.
Find out more about the outbreak.
You can find the latest information about the case rate in Gamesley in our weekly Derbyshire COVID-19 tracking report.