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Help us stay ahead of COVID and get tested

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley residents are being urged to continue to take part in twice weekly testing to ensure the borough stays ahead of the coronavirus.

Emerging variants of concern mean that it is really important all residents, including those who have been vaccinated, get tested to ensure that they are not carrying the virus.

Around 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 do not experience symptoms. This means that they could spread the virus without knowing.

The easing of restrictions means that more people are returning to work and social interaction is increasing, with people meeting indoors and enjoying hospitality venues. This means there is an increase chance in the virus spreading.

Where to get tested

There are plenty of ways to get tested in Knowsley, including assisted testing via our Community Testing Centres or using home testing kits that can be collected across the borough. Find out more here.

What to do you if you test positive

If you test positive through a lateral flow test (rapid test), including home testing kits, you and your household must isolate immediately. You should book a confirmatory PCR test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119. There are a number of PCR testing sites in the Borough (Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village) but remember to book an appointment in advance.

What to do you experience symptoms

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, new / persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell – you and your household must isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

Even if your lateral flow test is negative, you must still isolate and book a PCR test if you have symptoms.

You should book a confirmatory PCR test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119