Test and Trace
Get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms, understand your test result and find out what to do if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- Ask for an antigen test to check if you have coronavirus now
- Your coronavirus test result
- NHS Test and Trace: if you're contacted after testing positive for coronavirus
- NHS Test and Trace: if you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
- Local outbreak control: Stopping the spread of the virus in Staffordshire
Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can ask for a free test to check if they have the virus. This is called an antigen test.
Do not wait. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
Find out how to request a test on the NHS website.
If you've had a test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19), you'll get a text or email when your result is ready.
If you had a test at a test site, it can take up to 48 hours to get your result. It may take up to 72 hours for a home test.
You and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate) until you get your result.
Anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate until you get your result.
Find information about your test results on the NHS website.
If you live in England, you’ll be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
You'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.
You'll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website.
If you cannot use the contact tracing website, someone will call to speak to you.
This will help the NHS contact anyone who may have caught the virus from you.
The NHS Test and Trace service will not:
- 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, such as those starting 09 or 087
How you'll be contacted
You'll be contacted by email, text or phone.
Text messages will come from NHStracing. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.
Find out what you need to do if you have tested positive for Coronavirus and are contacted by NHS test and trace.
If you're told you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus you must stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.
Find out what you should do if you've been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus.
The county council is working with the NHS and Public Health England to stop the spread of the virus if there is a local outbreak.
We will be working with schools, businesses and other community groups to put health and safety measures in place and advise people on what action they need to take.
Please look out for information about local outbreaks and help us beat the virus by following the advice.
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