No test is 100% accurate and the lateral flow tests currently available are not as sensitive as the PCR test. This means that they are less able to detect COVID-19 infection, however the benefits include:
LDF tests should be thought of in the same way as we think of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, face coverings and hand washing: another way of reducing the risk of infection, but not a replacement for the other vital precautions we must continue to take.
If you are unable to complete the online form, provide the relevant information, or have further questions please contact us on 0345 600 6400 and we will be able to help you and/or help you make a claim over the telephone.
The Council has introduced a further discretionary scheme that can provide £500 per household in exceptional circumstances for people who don’t meet the conditions of the national scheme.
No. We are only able to make payments into an account in your name. If you do not have a personal bank account, please contact us and we will look at other payment methods.
The council is not involved in the set-up or operation of tests, including their locations.
After reviewing evidence, the Government have announced that the self-isolation period for contacts of people with COVID-19 will reduce from 14 days to 10 days, beginning 00:01am on Monday 14 December. Click here to read the full announcement from Government.
If you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace system will ask you to share your most recent contacts with them. This allows your contacts to be 'traced' via this service, and they will be informed that they have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. They can then self-isolate for 14 days to stop the spread.
Two new Covid-19 testing sites are opening in Northumberland in Berwick and Hehxam. With the opening of these sites, Northumberland now has four testing sites, including sites in Blyth and Ashington.
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