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Guidance on testing

•Remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when symptoms appeared as advised in

•Apply for testing within the first 3 days of having symptoms as it may take a day or two to arrange.  
•Arrange for testing via or or call 119


Additional Information

  • Only the person who has developed symptoms needs to take a test.
  • The test is best taken within 5 days of symptoms starting.
  • The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
  • The tests will only tell you if you have coronavirus at the time of testing.
  • All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days (unless they get symptoms – 10 days. If test –ve continue 14 days)
  • The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
  • Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community



Negative Results

If a person tests negative, feels well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can stop self-isolating.*


*If isolating due to quarantine or due to a member of household having symptoms or testing positive (had contact with a confirmed case) you must complete your 14 day quarantine period.



Positive Results

•continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset symptoms
•return to work or school only if you do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.
•The 10-day period starts from the day when you first became ill.
•If you still have a high temperature, you should keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
•Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.