Covid-19 testing available to all

On 18 May the government extended eligibility for Covid-19 testing to anyone who is experiencing symptoms. Tests are also available for anyone who lives in the same household, and for social care and NHS workers without symptoms where there is a clinical need.

There are 50 Regional Test Sites that have been set up by the Department of Health and Social Care. The nearest test site to Oundle is in Peterborough.

The government advises that you should get tested in the first three days of coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day five. The test is only guaranteed to be accurate if someone is symptomatic.

Throughout the pandemic the government has said anyone with a new continuous cough or a fever should immediately self-isolate. New guidance now recommends that anyone experiencing a loss or change in their sense of smell, even without any other coronavirus symptom, should self-isolate for seven days.

You can either refer yourself or be referred by your employer for a test if you are an essential worker. Tests are booked online for a regional test site drive-through appointment or home test kit. The availability of home test kits will initially be limited. The government is working towards a total capacity of 250,000 tests a day.

A comprehensive testing and trace system is essential to isolating and eliminating the virus and allowing normal operations to resume.

According to the Office for National Statistics, of the deaths registered by 1 May, 33,408 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, representing 13.5% of all deaths.

Up to 1 May, there were 169 lab-confirmed cases in East Northamptonshire, leading to 60 registered Covid-19 deaths. More granular statistics available up to 17 April reported that the Oundle and Warmington area was the third worst affected in the borough with eight Covid deaths. The Thrapston, Brigstock and Benefield area recorded three Covid-19 deaths.

May 2020