Three per cent of ambulance staff with no symptoms test positive for coronavirus

Approximately 3% of ambulance service personnel without Covid-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus in a pilot project.

Figures released by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said that 16 of the 543 asymptomatic frontline personnel were tested positive in a two-day trial.

A spokesman said, “West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it has participated in a national project to better understand whether Covid-19 is common among NHS personnel and patients who have no symptoms.

“Testing of ambulance service employees is the third phase of the project.

In total, 543 first-line ambulance personnel who had no symptoms of coronavirus were tested for two days. Just over 97% came back negative.

“Although the number of positive outcomes is very small – 16 in total – it shows how important it is that we all continue to practice social distance.”

WMAS is at the forefront of test personnel showing symptoms of Covid-19, with nearly 1,500 workers and immediate family members tested.