COVID-19 test and trace
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If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you can quickly be tested to find out if you have the virus.
If your result is positive, close recent contacts will be traced to tell them to self-isolate at home, as they might have contracted COVID-19 without you knowing.
The service is provided by the NHS to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections. It will give the NHS early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.
Local testing site in Ravensthorpe
Location: Ravensthorpe KNH (Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing), Queens Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3BT
- Monday 3 August: 2pm to 5pm
- Tuesday 4 August: 8am to 5pm
- Every day from Wednesday 5 August for a minimum of 4 weeks 8am to 8pm
Getting there: This is a walk-through site. There is no parking on site.
Booking: You don't need to book.
This is the first of a number of walk through testing sites offering local people the opportunity and convenience of getting tested where they live, if they are unable to access mobile or regional sites and are unsure about taking the test at home.
Main symptoms of COVID-19
- 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 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.
If you have symptoms
- Don't leave your home or have visitors.
- Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate. Make sure you tell them.
- Get the test as soon as possible. Don't delay as tests must take place in the first 5 days of your symptoms.
- You can also call 119 to request a test.
- You can get your test at a drive-through or walk-through test site or by ordering a home test kit.
- Our regional testing site is located at Temple Green Leeds. Local testing sites in Kirklees are also available. When requesting a test all options available will be shown.
- Testing is free.
Local testing sites
What they are
- They provide a 'pop up' testing offer in community settings. They help to rapidly increase the number of tests done each day.
- They are temporary structures similar to a marquee.
Going to the site
- You can go to the site on foot or by bicycle.
- There is no parking.
- You don't need to book. You will be registered when you arrive for your test.
- If you prefer to book you can do so via NHS UK: Coronavirus or dial 119
What happens and how long it takes
- The whole procedure from registering to leaving depends on how busy the site is.
- Swabs are taken from your nose and mouth using a long cotton bud. This takes approximately 2 minutes.
- The swabs are sent to a lab for testing and you will receive the results whether they are positive or negative. You will then be advised what you should do.
- It takes approximately 72 hours to hear back on your results.
- Everything will be explained fully at the testing site.
Traffic disruption and noise
- We don't anticipate much disruption to parking and roads and this will be monitored.
- There may be noise from generators.
- We will use battery banks at quieter times like late evening.
If you test positive
- You will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
- They will ask you where you've been recently and who you have been in close contact with.
- Close contacts are people who have
- been close enough to cough on you
- had a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre
- had unprotected skin-to-skin physical contact
- travelled in a small vehicle with you
- 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.
- Those people will be traced and contacted.
How you will be contacted if you are traced
- You will be contacted by email, text or phone.
- Text messages will come from NHStracing
- Calls will come from 0300 013 5000 from a trained NHS contact tracer.
- You will be asked to sign into NHS Test and Trace
- If you are contacted by phone, you will be asked a number of questions.
What to do if you are contacted
- Follow the advice of the contact tracer to help stop the virus spreading.
- You will be asked to isolate for 14 days, even if you aren't experiencing symptoms. You may be asymptomatic, which means you have the virus but don't show any symptoms.
Beware of scams
Test and trace will NEVER:
- ask for bank details or payments
- ask for details of any other accounts such as social media
- ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
- ask you to call a premium rate number, like those starting 09 or 087
What to do if there has been an outbreak in your area
- If you haven't been contacted by test and trace it means you haven't been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
- Therefore you are able to continue living your life as normal within government guidelines to help stop the spread. You must continue to wash your hands with soap and water, regularly for 20 seconds and keep at least 2 metres from people not from your household.
Find out more about protecting yourself and others on prevention and health advice.