COVID-19 surge testing

National Lockdown restrictions have been eased

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

Surge testing is increased testing (including door-to-door testing in some areas) and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations. It involves testing people who do not have any symptoms of coronavirus.

Surge testing has been completed in Kirklees

Who should get a test

You should get a test if you are aged 11 years or over and live in a surge testing area.

Get a test even if:

  • you have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • you have had a COVID-19 vaccination
  • you previously tested positive for COVID-19 over 90 days ago.
  • you have been vaccinated as there's a chance that you can still spread the virus

You do not need to be tested if you have already tested positive within the last 90 days.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

Do not attend an enhanced testing site. Instead, request a home PCR test.

Getting a PCR test if you have symptoms

Main symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous, dry cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Type of test

The test is called a PCR test. It is the same type of test given to people who have COVID-19 symptoms.

Receiving your test results

Most people will get their results the next day but it may take up to three days.

If you haven't received your results by day six, call 119 (7am to 11pm).

Understand your test results

If you test negative

If you have a test and it comes back negative then you and your household can stop isolating immediately.

If you test positive

  • You, and everyone in your household, must isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • You will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. If they are unsuccessful in contacting you, our local test and trace contact tracing team will attempt to contact you.
  • They will ask you where you've been recently and who you have been in close contact with.
  • Close contacts are people who have:
    • anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19
    • face-to-face contact including being coughed on
    • had a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre
    • sexual contact
    • travelled in the same vehicle or a plane
    • had any contact within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact
    • been within 2 metres of you for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)

You can be a contact anytime from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms, and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others.

  • Those people will be traced and contacted.

If your test result is unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive

  • This means it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done.
  • Get another test as soon as possible.
  • Your household and support bubble should self-isolate while you get another test and wait for the results.

If you had a test because you had symptoms:

  • You must keep self-isolating and have another test within 8 days of when your symptoms started.
  • If you're not able to have another test in time, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate for 10 days.

If you had a test but have not had any symptoms:

  • You do not need to self-isolate while you wait to get another test.
  • People you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, do not need to self-isolate.

More information about test results and isolation:

Your coronavirus test result Self-isolation

Help and support

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace following this process you may be eligible for financial and practical support.

Financial support

COVID-19 Community Response

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment

Guidance for registering a home PCR test

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