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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing and Contact Tracing

Throughout the pandemic, your support in following public health guidelines has been vital in reducing the spread of coronavirus.  By doing so, you have saved lives.  As ‘lockdown’ restrictions are eased, we face the risk of a second wave of infection.  We can all help minimise that risk by continuing to support public health measures to control the spread, such as testing and contact tracing.

Testing and contact tracing helps break the chain of transmission of the virus.  By identifying people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, and asking them to self-isolate, we can limit the onward spread (reproduction) of the virus.  Keeping the reproduction (R) number low allows us to continue moving towards more normal family, working and social lives.  Friends and family can see each other, and schools and businesses can reopen.  It will also help to protect our health service from being overwhelmed.

If you have symptoms you can get tested for COVID-19

  • Everyone must help stop coronavirus spreading.
  • If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
  • Groups of up to 15 people who do not share a household can meet outdoors, maintaining social distancing.
  • Groups of up to 6 people from up to two households can meet indoors, maintaining social distancing.
  • Avoid touching your face and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

A covid-19 symptom checker is available here.

Read the StopCOVID NI App Explainer leaflet here.

Read the Test Trace Protect leaflet here.

You can download the StopCOVID NI app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Click here to view the latest guidelines relating to Volunteering during the period 27th November – 10th December 2020

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