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Gateshead residents who have symptoms of coronavirus are urged to self-isolate and book a test to help reduce the spread of the virus in our community.

The Council is urging residents to play their part in protecting themselves, others and Gateshead as a whole by maintaining a 2m distance from people not in their household; washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds and isolating immediately and calling 119 to arrange a test if they have symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to their sense of smell or taste.

Alice Wiseman, Gateshead's Director of Public Health, said: "As we come out of lockdown and rules are relaxed, one way we can prevent a rise in the rate of COVID-19 infections and avoid a second wave, is through NHS Test and Trace.

"We are appealing to residents to do three key things, one of which is to self-isolate immediately if they have symptoms and to book a test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

"We are encouraging everyone to read and follow the advice. That way we can reduce the spread of the virus and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community."

NHS Test and Trace - how does it work?

  • NHS Test and Trace tracks down close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of infection.
  • NHS Test and Trace's team of tracers will contact all individuals with a positive test result asking them to share information on their close contacts in the 48 hours before symptoms started until seven days after symptoms started.
  • Test and Trace then anonymously alerts contacts identified advising them to self-isolate for 14 days to help stop the spread of the virus.

What should I do?

  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. 
  • If your test comes back positive you have coronavirus and must continue to self-isolate for at least seven days, or longer if you still have a temperature or feel unwell.
  • If you are a close contact of someone with coronavirus, or if NHS Test and Trace has told you that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you develop symptoms during this time you must get tested.

How do I book a test?

You can arrange a test online on the NHS website or by calling 119.

If you need to get a test for someone under five years old - you should call 111.

You will either be sent a home test kit or booked into a mobile testing unit.

By understanding NHS Test and Trace we can reduce the virus and prevent local lockdowns.

Coronavirus - book a test
16 July 2020

Gateshead residents who have symptoms of coronavirus are urged to self-isolate and book a test to help reduce the spread of the virus in our community.

The Council is urging residents to play their part in protecting themselves, others and Gateshead as a whole by maintaining a 2m distance from people not in their household; washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds and isolating immediately and calling 119 to arrange a test if they have symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to their sense of smell or taste.

Alice Wiseman, Gateshead's Director of Public Health, said: "As we come out of lockdown and rules are relaxed, one way we can prevent a rise in the rate of COVID-19 infections and avoid a second wave, is through NHS Test and Trace.

"We are appealing to residents to do three key things, one of which is to self-isolate immediately if they have symptoms and to book a test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

"We are encouraging everyone to read and follow the advice. That way we can reduce the spread of the virus and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community."

NHS Test and Trace - how does it work?

  • NHS Test and Trace tracks down close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of infection.
  • NHS Test and Trace's team of tracers will contact all individuals with a positive test result asking them to share information on their close contacts in the 48 hours before symptoms started until seven days after symptoms started.
  • Test and Trace then anonymously alerts contacts identified advising them to self-isolate for 14 days to help stop the spread of the virus.

What should I do?

  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. 
  • If your test comes back positive you have coronavirus and must continue to self-isolate for at least seven days, or longer if you still have a temperature or feel unwell.
  • If you are a close contact of someone with coronavirus, or if NHS Test and Trace has told you that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you develop symptoms during this time you must get tested.

How do I book a test?

You can arrange a test online on the NHS website or by calling 119.

If you need to get a test for someone under five years old - you should call 111.

You will either be sent a home test kit or booked into a mobile testing unit.

By understanding NHS Test and Trace we can reduce the virus and prevent local lockdowns.

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