What to do if there is a case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your household?
It is strongly advised to increase testing when there is a positive COVID-19 case in your household:
• PCR testing for all adults and pupils if they are a close contact of a positive case in their household*.
• Daily LFT testing at home for 7 days for any adult and also for all children aged 5 years and over who are exempt from isolation and continue to attend school. The testing of primary age pupils is at parental discretion. Testing should start from the day the household member has symptoms or if they don’t have symptoms from when they tested positive*.
*Note: People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days should not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms
Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily LFD testing of close contacts.
Ordering or collecting LFD home testing kits
We would recommend you have a supply of LFD testing kits at home in the event you need to use them. You can order home testing kits to be delivered to your home here www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Or you can collect LFD testing kits at Community Collect sites across the County. To find your nearest collection point please enter your post code here maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk
If you pick up tests from a pharmacy, you may be asked for a ‘collect code’ this helps the NHS match your details to the tests. To get a ‘collect code’ please visit test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/collect-lateral-flow-kits
Please register the result of your home test at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
The government has urged pregnant women to come forward for vaccination. Below is the link to a recent government briefing and a summary of key points.
- Vaccines continue to provide tens of thousands of pregnant women and their babies with vital protection from the virus.
- In the UK since April 2021, around 84,000 pregnant women have received one dose and over 80,000 have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The vaccines are safe for pregnant women and have no impact on fertility.
- Nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 patients who are most critically ill are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated.
- Of those pregnant women in hospital with symptomatic COVID-19, 98% are unvaccinated, and no fully vaccinated pregnant women were admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 in England between February and the end of September 2021.
- Around 1 in 5 women who are hospitalised with the virus need to be delivered preterm to help them recover and 1 in 5 of their babies need care in the neonatal unit.