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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing

Contents 

  1. Overview
  2. Testing
  3. Support for people
  4. Businesses
  5. Vaccine
  6. News and messages from the Council
  7. Council services and schools
  8. Volunteering - how you can help

Testing

There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19).

The 2 main tests are:

  • PCR tests - tests which are sent to a lab to be checked.
  • Rapid lateral flow tests - tests which you can take regularly and give a result in 30 minutes. They are less sensitive than PCR tests, but can help to stop the virus spreading.

Both tests are free.

PCR tests

You should get a PCR test if:

  • you have COVID symptoms
  • you've been in contact with someone who's tested positive

See: Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Rapid lateral flow tests

You can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms.

You should take a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. 

See: Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests

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