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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 (Lateral Flow Device tests)

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 (Lateral Flow Device tests)

Rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test 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 parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges. It includes tracing and self-isolation, symptoms and testing and more. 


From Wednesday, 15 December 2021 certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

Antibody testing

An antibody test is a blood test to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before or been vaccinated. Find out who can get tested, what the antibody test results mean and more.

Use of Lateral Flow Device tests

Lateral Flow Device 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 Device tests can be used in conjunction with PPE (personal protective equipment) and other infection control methods to help keep people safer.

What should I do if I test positive for coronavirus?

You should stay at home and self-isolate immediately if you have a positive test result. You may also be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment whilst isolating.

NHS Test and Trace: contact tracing

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

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.

Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, are encouraged to maintain records of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and display the official NHS QR code posters.

How does the local contact tracing work?

We've introduced a local contact tracing system 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 breaking COVID-19 rules

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 please report it.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and local data

Access local and national information and datasets relating to COVID-19 cases.

Popular COVID-19 pages

Basics to help tackle COVID-19

Control measures for buildings

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.