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Protect our schools and keep testing over half-term

by Guy Murphy

Households with school children are being urged to continue twice weekly testing for COVID-19 during the half-term holiday.

As lockdown eases and more social interactions take place, it is vital that even those who do not have symptoms continue testing for COVID-19 and ensure we stay ahead of the spread of the virus.

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and spread the virus without knowing. With new strains appearing, we are at a really important stage in our fight against the virus and it is vital that we all play our role in keeping infection rates down.

Households with schoolchildren are also asked to ensure they get tested before returning to school following the holidays. This will help reduce the risk of the virus spreading via the classroom.

There are various ways that households can access rapid testing during the half-term and beyond. You can find out about where to get tested in Knowsley here.

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health at Knowsley Council, said: “Residents across Knowsley have worked incredibly hard to keep our infection rate down and ensure that lockdown restrictions are eased.

“The school holidays will mean that lots more social interaction between households takes place and so it is vital that we all continue to get tested regularly and stay ahead of the virus.

“I would also urge everyone to remain cautious when enjoying the half-term holiday and continue to follow those basic behaviours of hand washing, wearing a face covering when required and keeping your distance.”

Recording your results

If you are carrying out your tests at home, it is really important that you report your result.

The result of a rapid test could be positive, negative or even void. But whatever it is, it should be reported straight away, every time. Recording all test results helps scientists stay ahead of the virus by spotting new outbreaks quickly and advising how to respond.

Reporting results is easy. Go to report a COVID-19 lateral flow test result or call 119 free from a mobile or landline.

When to isolate and what to do

Knowsley residents must isolate and book a PCR test if they:

  • Test positive through a lateral flow test (rapid test), including home testing kits
  • Told by Track and Trace to isolate due to having contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • 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.