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Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre in Litherland this week

After several successful sessions in Southport and Maghull, Litherland will play host to its first Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre this week.

Located at Litherland Sports Park on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June, the site will provide clinical diagnosis tests that tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests will be available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

Through the Government’s new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result will then be required to stay at home for 14 days. They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Last week, the Government announced it was starting to provide Antibody tests, which indicates whether someone has previously had the virus but this is currently only for NHS workers and patients.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enable key workers who test negative to return to that work and almost 2,500 people have already been tested at the Borough’s previous Mobile Test Sites.

Questions & Answers on Test and Trace and Antibody testing.

 

 

Covid-19 Antibody Testing

Along with the new NHS Test and Trace service designed to identify, contain and control Coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives, the Government has announced it is starting Antibody testing for the virus.

Over the coming weeks, Antibody tests will be available to some NHS staff and patients who suspect they may have had Covid-19. A positive Antibody test result indicates that the person has previously had the virus and may have developed some form of immune response

It is not yet known how long the antibody response lasts or whether it means the person cannot transmit the virus to others and this testing on NHS staff, including those Sefton residents who work for the NHS, will help scientists learn about the level and length of immunity following infection. It will also tell them how the virus is spreading across the country.

This means a positive result will not be an ‘immunity passport’ and anyone testing positive will still be required to comply with social distancing measures and government guidelines.

The Government has said it plans to extend Antibody testing to other groups beyond NHS staff and patients later in the summer.

Questions & Answers on Test and Trace and Antibody testing.

Coronavirus Test and Trace & Antibody testing FAQs

NHS Test and Trace

 

What is Test and Trace?

Test and Trace means that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS and asked to share information about their recent interactions with other people.

This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.


What happens then?

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result must then stay at home for 14 days.

They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.

 

What happens if those people in isolation develop symptoms?

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed.

If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

 

What about other members of those peoples’ households?

Other members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

 

What are the symptoms I should look out for?

If you develop a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste you should immediately report these symptoms and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus.


If I am told to stay at home, will I be eligible for sick pay?

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that those having to self-isolate will be eligible for statutory sick pay if they are unable to work from home.


If I am contacted by Test and Trace, how will I know what to do?

The Government has said that people who are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service will be given clear information explaining what they must do and how they can access local support if needed.

Guidance is also available online at gov.uk/coronavirus.


What local support is available?

Local support can include things like:

  • Urgent Food delivery
  • Local Food shop delivery information
  • General help with loneliness – A friendly call
  • Prescription collection
  • Help to get online, we can support you with your Wi-Fi Connection, Emails, Online Shopping and Skype and Zoom Calls to stay connected with friends and family
  • Access to YouTube so you can watch things like cookery demonstrations, exercise workouts etc.

Find out more about local support available during Covid-19.

 

Antibody Tests

Are Antibody tests available?

The Government has announced it is starting Antibody testing for the virus but initially these will be for NHS staff and patients who suspect they may have had Covid-19.

This will include some of the large number of Sefton residents who work for the NHS.


What are the tests for?

The tests are to help scientists learn about the level and length of immunity following infection.

It will also tell them how the virus is spreading across the country.


What does a positive Antibody test mean?

A positive Antibody test result indicates that the person has previously had the virus and may have developed some form of immune response

 

Does a positive Antibody test mean you are immune from Covid-19?

It is not yet known how long the antibody response lasts or whether it means the person cannot transmit the virus to others.

Funding this out is part of the reason for the test.

 

Does a positive Antibody test mean you are safe to go out as normal?

A positive result will not be a kind of ‘immunity passport’.

The government has made clear that anyone testing positive will still be required to comply with social distancing measures and guidelines.

 

When will Antibody tests be available to more people?

 

The Government has said it plans to extend Antibody testing to other groups beyond later in the summer.

Statement on Sefton Schools re-opening

We are suggesting this from 15th June to allow for time for appropriate risk assessment, including staff availability and to ensure tests set out by the Government and Trade Unions are met.

 

Responding to questions about schools in the Borough re-opening, a Council Spokesperson said:

“Since 23rd March many schools in Sefton have remained open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. Teachers and support staff have ensured children have been supported during this challenging period. The commitment and hard work of teachers and support staff is a credit to Sefton.

“Since the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will potentially also open for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June, the Department for Education has provided advice for school leaders to support them with the next steps on the reopening of their schools which may start from 1st June, however as a council we are suggesting this from 15th June to allow for time for appropriate risk assessment, including staff availability and to ensure tests set out by the Government and Trade Unions are met.

“Secondary schools, sixth forms, and further education colleges will begin some face to face support with Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, however they will not be returning to full time education at the present time.

“The priority of the Council and school leaders is the safety of the children and the staff.

“Currently school leaders, including Governing Bodies are working through the government guidance that has been published to consider how best to reopen their schools safely.

“We therefore do not expect childcare providers or schools to adhere to government guidance in terms of timescales, or the suggested year groups, if they judge this not to be in the best interest of children.

“Of course, every school is unique, has different circumstances, and will be responding to them and the needs of their community in a variety of ways.  Sefton Council will continue to review the situation over the coming weeks.

“Our schools will continue to support children and their parents/carers and will provide a variety of work and activities for children while they remain at home.

“Schools will keep parents fully informed of their approaches to the reopening of their school.

“We understand that some parents and guardians will be reluctant to send their children back at the start of next month and, in line with the Government guidance, will not be issuing fines for non-attendance during this initial period.”

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