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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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Leicestershire is now in national lockdown – here’s the latest information on our services. You can find more information about restrictions at gov.uk/coronavirus

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Rapid community testing

Covid-19 testing in the community using rapid lateral flow devices can help identify people who are infected but who do not have symptoms. The more people in an area who participate in community testing, the greater the impact on reducing the spread of the virus. We are currently only testing residents of Wigston Fields for this type of test.

1 in 3 individuals with COVID-19 do not show symptoms and are unaware that they might be spreading the infection – this testing can help identify these individuals. Once identified, we are able to trace contacts, provide support to isolate and prevent transmission of infection to others.  The test is voluntary.

Eligibility

The programme of testing will begin in areas with persistently high rates of infection. The programme involves offering residents up to 2 tests per week over a period of 6 weeks.

You are eligible for testing if you meet the following 3 criteria:

1. You live in an eligible electoral ward in the county of Leicestershire

We are currently only accepting residents from the Wigston Fields ward for this type of test.

 

Find out which ward you are in using our ward check tool:

Not sure? Search by postcode
 

Find out how to get tested if you live in Leicester city

2. You currently do not have symptoms of COVID-19

If you are displaying symptoms, which can include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

you must not book a lateral flow test.

You must book a test through the NHS website or by calling 119 and remain in isolation until you receive your test result.

3. You are currently not isolating

This may be due to close contact with a positive case or recent return from a holiday abroad.

How to book a test 

You must book an appointment for a test.

Appointments are per person. This is to help manage the flow of people through the testing site and to keep everyone safe.

Tests are self-administered.

  • Any child that is aged 11 or under must have their test administered by the accompanying adult.
  • If an individual is aged between 12 and 17, they can self-swab with supervision of a parent or guardian.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can book a test through our online booking form:

Book a lateral flow test

If you’re unable to make a booking online, please phone us on 0116 305 2499 and choose option 1.  A member of staff will be able to book an appointment for you.

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