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PCR testing for close contacts (COVID-19)

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Updated 22 June 2021

PCR testing is now available for close contacts of confirmed cases. We are therefore encouraging the PCR testing of close contacts to enable rapid identification of asymptomatic cases and to enable timely sequencing of positive contacts.

Note: You should not arrange to have a PCR test if you have previously received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days, unless you have developed any new symptoms   

Please see attached letters to support this if you have a positive case linked to your setting. The letters, as before, are clear that a negative PCR test does not release a close contact from isolation and they must complete their isolation period.

Icon for word Advice for a child to self-isolate for 10 days template [25.84KB]

Icon for word Advice for a member of staff to self-isolate for 10 days template [24.64KB]

Icon for word Advice that self-isolation can now end template [22.05KB]

Please note that that the online pathway to book tests now enables people to book a COVID PCR test by virtue of being a close contact alone.  

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