In order to understand the way COVID-19 is transmitted in communities and reduce its spread, Warwickshire is undertaking a local programme of community testing. This is part of the wider Government strategy to tackle the virus.
What is COVID-19 community testing?
A new locally-led testing service set up to test people without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) in Warwickshire using lateral flow antigen testing.
The aim of testing people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms is to protect those most at risk, using rapid testing to speed up the process.
What is lateral flow antigen testing?
Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people, better enabling us to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.
A Lateral Flow Test (LFT) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.
Who is the community test for?
In light of the national lockdown and the Government guidance to stay at home, we are now urging people with no Covid symptoms who required to work outside their home, and who come into contact with others, to take a weekly test. Occupational groups recommended for testing during lockdown include:
- Essential shops; supermarkets; financial services
- Early years; childcare; education
- Food production; food processing
- Manufacturing; warehousing; packing; distribution
- Essential public sector services (e.g. waste, Police, security)
- Construction; utilities; communication
- Agency worker
- Health or social care
People are encouraged to use workplace testing programmes where they exist (such as in schools and care homes).
Clinically extremely vulnerable people
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should remain at home shielding and not attend for lateral flow testing.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable or mask exempt and you judge you need to attend for a test, please identify your status to the queue manager.