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COVID-19: get tested and local contact tracing

It is important to get tested even if you've been vaccinated as you may still be able to carry the virus and pass it on to others.


PCR tests

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms or is a contact of a positive case can get a COVID-19 test through the local PCR test centres or a home test. The local test centres are open to all adults and children.

How to get a COVID-19 test, where the test centres are and more

FAST testing sites

If you're showing no coronavirus symptoms you can be tested at a FAST testing site.

FAST testing programme for people with no symptoms

Community Collect home-test service

Rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT) kits for people with no coronavirus symptoms that can be used at home.

 Get a home-testing kit and more

Children and isolation from school

Find out what to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive, has to self-isolate and more.

Use of lateral flow tests

Lateral flow tests are being used to increase testing in local communities, schools and care homes. This can help identify people who have high levels of virus who do not have symptoms and may not otherwise be coming forward for a test.

They are quick and convenient prior to a care home visit, for example, allowing results to be delivered in under 30 minutes. They're one of the tools being used to reduce the risk of transmission. The lateral flow tests need to be used in conjunction with PPE (personal protective equipment) and other infection control methods to help keep people safer.

Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate along with their household immediately and their contacts will be traced. Eligible individuals who test positive - and their contacts who are required to self-isolate - will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test ordered through NHS Test and Trace.

What should I do if I test positive for coronavirus?

You are required by law to self-isolate if you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. There are fines for those breaking the rules.

Find out if you're eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment whilst isolating. You can also access additional information you may find useful if you're self-isolating.

Test and Trace: contact tracing

Test and trace is a process for identifying people who have tested positive or are at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) because they‘ve been physically close enough to a person who has tested positive. These people will be given advice to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

NHS Test and Trace app: mandatory collection of your details

​Contact tracing is part of the NHS test and trace approach to containing the virus.

Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, have a legal requirement to maintain records of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace from Thursday, 24 September 2020. They will also be required to display the official NHS QR code posters.

How does the local contact tracing work?

We've introduced a tier 2 contact tracing for everyone who lives in the borough of Rochdale. This means:

  1. Once you've tested positive for COVID-19, the national contact tracing team will contact you about your results. If they're unable to contact you within 24 hours, they'll pass your details on to us.
  2. Once we've received your details from the national contact tracing team, we'll text you to let you know we're going to ring you.
  3. You can call us on 01706 928666 or wait for us to call you.
  4. If we've been unable to speak to you by phone within 24 hours, we'll visit you at home to talk to you about your test result.
  5. If you're not in, we'll leave you a letter containing advice, how you may be able to access financial support and any additional support you may require whilst you and your household are isolating.

See how the NHS test and trace works on GOV.UK

How to report someone you suspect is not self-isolating

We're working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police to resolve COVID-19 breaches. 

If you know someone who has returned from abroad, should be self-isolating and you suspect is not please email us.

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