Test is best! Stockport Council encourages residents to make the most of universal testing offer

All adults without symptoms are now eligible for free twice-weekly tests.

Test is best! Stockport Council encourages residents to make the most of universal testing offer

Stockport Council is calling for all residents to take advantage of the universal testing offer. All adults without symptoms can now get free twice-weekly lateral flow tests, to help in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.

While the remarkable vaccination programme offers one way to combat coronavirus and move us out of lockdown, taking up the regular testing offer is another way the spread of the virus can be stemmed. As the virus is still spreading in the borough, Stockport Council is urging residents to claim their free twice-weekly tests. With one in three people who catch coronavirus showing no symptoms, taking up these tests is essential to stop transmission of the virus within the community.

Tests can be accessed in a number of ways. If you are receiving workplace testing, this is still the best place to access lateral flow tests. Alternatively, Stockport residents can collect their test from a local testing site. If you cannot visit a testing site to collect your tests in person, you can order them online for home delivery. If you cannot order online, call 119 to get your tests.

Lateral flow tests give results in just 30 minutes, and it is hoped that regular testing will become part of the daily routine for many people. If your lateral flow test is positive, you and your household must self-isolate immediately. You then need to order a lab-based PCR test to confirm the result.

“Regular testing, even if you don’t have symptoms, is another way that everyone in Stockport can help get back to normal safely,” said Jennifer Connolly, Director of Public Health at Stockport Council.

“With the recent easing of restrictions, many of us are enjoying going out and supporting our fantastic local businesses as they begin to open up again. This makes it all the more important to take advantage of the government’s universal testing offer, as part of our set of tools to reduce spread of the virus (hands, face, space, fresh air), in order to help keep everyone in Stockport safe.”

It’s important to remember that the universal twice-weekly lateral flow test offer is only for adults without symptoms. If you have a high temperature, a new and persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste, you should still self-isolate immediately. You should then order a lab-based PCR test to ensure that you do not have the virus. Secondary school and college pupils should also continue with their regular testing.

The new universal testing offer gives everyone a great chance of returning to normal life sooner. Stockport Council encourages all residents to get their tests today, while remembering to continue to follow the guidelines around hands, face, space and fresh air.

Let’s help protect the people of Stockport, and work together to continue to combat the virus and open up safely.