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Importance of PCR tests if you have symptoms or test positive through rapid testing kits

by Guy Murphy

Residents in Knowsley are being reminded of the importance of having a PCR test if they:-

  • Test positive through a lateral flow test (rapid test). A confirmatory PCR test is required to confirm that you have the infection.
  • Have any symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, new / persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell

You can 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.

As the country prepares to move to Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap from Monday 17 May, it’s also essential that residents continue to test regularly, even if they don’t have any symptoms. One in three people can have COVID-19 without having any symptoms. Through regular testing, people with the virus can be identified and importantly then self-isolate to stop passing it on to others.

There are a number of testing centres across the Borough where you can receive help to take a test or simply collect testing kits to do at home. Many workplaces are also taking part in workplace testing and testing kits can also be collected from a number of pharmacies. If you’re unable to get out to collect a testing kit, call 119 to request kits to be delivered to your door. The full list of testing and collection sites can be found here.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health, said “It’s essential that our residents continue to be tested – with or without symptoms. It’s only through regular testing that we can get an accurate picture of our COVID cases here in the Borough and identify if there are geographical areas or groups of people that could be impacted. Nobody wants to return to lockdown and regular testing will help to identify people with the virus who may not have symptoms so that importantly, they can then stop the spread in our communities.”

If you do have any symptoms, you should self-isolate and book a test immediately. If you receive a positive test result, you, others in your household, support bubble or close contacts need to self-isolate for ten days from the first day of the symptoms (or the date of the test if you did not display any symptoms).