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Coronavirus testing in Devon

Follow our guidance about how to get a test to check if you have coronavirus – whether you have symptoms or not.

When should I get a test?

If you have coronavirus symptoms then you should take a PCR test that is provided by the NHS. These are tests that need to be sent to an NHS laboratory and will accurately confirm if you have coronavirus.

If you do not have symptoms then you are encouraged to take a simple ‘rapid’ lateral flow test twice a week – and get the results within 30 mins. The rapid test will tell you if you have coronavirus but is less accurate than the PCR test.

If your rapid test gives you a positive result, you will be required to also do an NHS PCR test.

Alongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress and control the spread of variants.

What should I do if I’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive?

If you’re a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you can arrange to have a single PCR test whether or not you have symptoms. This is because you are at a higher risk of being infected. The results of the PCR test will help NHS Test and Trace contact people who may have caught the virus from you. They can then self-isolate and avoid passing it on to others.

Workplace testing

Some workplaces are offering testing to their employees on-site or at home.

Carers, personal assistants, front line social care staff and Devon County Council employees can also order and collect testing kits from the DCC PPE hubs.

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